The Levant is a land of sweeping olive groves set against the dusty earth of densely packed, greyish-green leaves standing out against the brownish ochre of the rocky soil.
Some of the trees are 2,000 years old - so old they were planted under Roman occupation. However, whilst these ancient groves have withstood the relentless test of time, many of them cannot deal with more modern problems - war, neglect and disease have taken their toll so they are now in decline, or unproductive.
Thatís where the Cocoon comes in: the aridity of the region and the slow-growing nature of olive trees makes it ideal. So, in partnership with Fanack (a knowledge sharing platform focused on the Middle East) and UAWC (Union of Agricultural Work Committees) Land Life Company is heading to the birthplace of the olive tree.
Mediterranean oak and olive trees were planted across multiple sites, primarily near Netanya (Northern Israel) and Hebron (in the West Bank). Cocoon trees will be monitored against several control groups to establish whether the Cocoon improves survival rates and can eliminate irrigation. Our goal is to increase agricultural production and provide greener, healthier environments for the communities of the Levant.
OLIVE TREE TRIVIA
- Culturally, throughout the region, olive trees are a symbol of purity and peace.
- Olive trees were first domesticated in the Eastern Mediterranean between 8,000 and 6,000 years ago.
- An estimated 100,000 households in the Palestinian territories rely on olives for their primary income.