Nasser grew up in a farming family in rural Palestine. He was raised in a traditional farming family of 13 members. They mainly lived from the farm generating their own home stock of the main food stables from their farming activities. The wheat and the bread, the grains, the animal feed, their dairy needs of milk cheese, and yogurt, their eggs and chickens, their meats, their oils, honey, and vegetables all were generated from their own farms.
As a youngster, Nasser was raised working on the farm with his siblings and taking on more of the farm responsibilities at a young age as his siblings left for education or starting their own new families. At age 16, he was the main caretaker of his father’s farms of produce and citrus orchards.
In 2004, Nasser identified olive trees as a way of giving Palestinian farmers a sustainable living and a voice at the same time. To that end, he developed a strong network of producer, commercialization, and research organizations working hand in hand. The project created a route to markets and a tangible medium to international companies and individuals to engage in the sustainability of Palestinian livelihood. Success encouraged Palestinian farmers to invest more in their stewardship of the land, further strengthening their bond with the land and its sustainability. The project is rapidly growing. At present, it empowers more than 2,500 smallholder farmers in the West Bank.
“Giving a sustained future to people and agriculture in Palestine.” As his motto, Nasser deployed his passion to establish the “Canaan Project” which consists of four different organizations founded to economically and socially empower Palestinian farmers, including women producers, mainly through the promotion of organic farming and fair trade practices for traditional Palestinian crops.
Nasser holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and International Development from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a published author on issues of landscape, sustainability, and war and violence within political conflict.
Some of his publications:
Article: Land of Symbols: Cactus, poppies, Orange, and Olive Trees in Palestine. Identities Journal. Global Studies of Culture and Power. Vol 15, June (2008)
Book: The Making of a Human Bomb: An Ethnography of Palestinian Resistance. Duke University Press (July 2009)
Article: Alternative Trade Organizations and the Fair Trade Movement. Social Research: For A Better World. Issue 6, Spring (2013)