How is olive oil produced in Tunisia, Türkiye, Morocco and Lebanon?

How is olive oil produced in Tunisia, Türkiye, Morocco and Lebanon?
How is olive oil produced in Tunisia, Türkiye, Morocco and Lebanon?

The Olive Oil World Congress (OOWC) will hold its first edition from June 26 to 28, 2024 at the headquarters of the Higher Scientific Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid. This event will bring together international experts from the olive sector to debate and explore the latest olive oil innovations, challenges and opportunities. One of the most interesting moments of the congress will be the round table entitled ‘Perspectives of the olive sector in the southern and eastern Mediterranean countries’which will address the current state, challenges and opportunities in these countries, in addition to exploring how socioeconomic and environmental conditions influence production.

Moderated by Lhassane Sikaoui, head of the Olive Farming, Olive Oil Technology and Environment Unit of the International Olive Council (IOC), the table will feature the participation of Wafaa El Khoury, Head of Service for the Middle East and North Africa and Europe and Central Asia at the Investment Center of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); Ayça Akça, researcher at the Tuzmir Olive Research Institute; Monji Msallem, researcher at the Olive Grove Institute in Tunisia; Sara Oulbi, researcher at the National Institute of Agrarian Research of Morocco; and Abdessalem Loued, president of the IOC Advisory Committee.

In his speech, El Khoury will address the ‘Status and potential of the olive oil value chain in some southern and eastern Mediterranean countries, including Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan and Palestine (West Bank and Gaza)’, focusing on the analysis of development opportunities and the specific challenges facing the industry in these areas.

As a participant, Akça highlights the importance of the OOWC, stating that “this congress is essential for the generation of innovative ideas against climate change and for strengthening collaboration between countries. In addition, experts will be able to exchange crucial knowledge and stay abreast of global developments in the industry.”

In the same line, Msallem points out that “thanks to its meticulous preparation, the OOWC will be a crucial platform for all actors in the olive value chain to discover the latest research findings, discuss challenges, and explore new opportunities for the growth of the sector in the face of challenges such as climate change”.

The main objective of the OOWC is to promote collaboration between producing countries and promote innovation and technology in the olive industry.. Attendees will be able to participate in a wide range of activities, including academic and business sessions, as well as networking events designed to promote the exchange of ideas and knowledge of the latest trends and advances in the sector.

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