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Olive Council's Annual Summit Returns to In-Person Format

By Paolo DeAndreis
Nov. 17, 2022 13:41 UTC

The global devel­op­ment of the olive sec­tor will be the focus of the International Olive Council’s (IOC) annual meet­ing in Madrid, Spain, which begins in the sec­ond half of November.

In a series of events, includ­ing a ple­nary ses­sion of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all 18 IOC mem­bers, the coun­cil will release its updated data about the ongo­ing trends in the sec­tor, includ­ing pro­duc­tion con­sump­tion and trade data for olive oil and table olives.

Starting November 22th, the 116th ses­sion of the IOC’s Council of Members will be held, with the spe­cial­ized IOC com­mit­tees meet­ing ahead of the ple­nary ses­sion that will take place on November 30th.

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Representatives from Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia will also attend the meet­ing as observers. Both coun­tries have applied to join the United Nations’ International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives 2015, paving the way to join the orga­ni­za­tion in the future.

Other observers dur­ing the 10 days of meet­ings and events include the United States, Sudan, Iraq and the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM).

CIHEAM is a long-term part­ner of IOC and has taken part in many ini­tia­tives and research projects related to olive grow­ing in sev­eral coun­tries.

Among the activ­i­ties planned for November 23rd is the tech­nol­ogy and envi­ron­ment com­mit­tee meet­ing, which will dis­cuss the lat­est research find­ings, report on the devel­op­ment of the IOC’s world olive vari­ety cat­a­log and con­tinue with its Ph.D. schol­ar­ship and other pro­grams.

On November 29th, local author­i­ties in Jaén invited the IOC on a tech­ni­cal visit to the province, the world’s most sig­nif­i­cant olive oil-pro­duc­ing region.

In Jaén, the meet­ing of the IOC advi­sory com­mit­tee, the ple­nary ses­sion and the Mario Solinas Quality Awards awards cer­e­mony will also occur.

The IOC will also cel­e­brate World Olive Day on December 1st. During the cel­e­bra­tions, a tech­ni­cal sem­i­nar will be held about the role of olive grow­ing in terms of sus­tain­abil­ity, qual­ity and health.

One of the most awaited-for events will take place on December 2nd. As the IOC returns to its Madrid head­quar­ters, a flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony will be held in honor of Uzbekistan, the lat­est mem­ber to join the IOC in August 2021.

While rep­re­sent­ing a chal­leng­ing envi­ron­ment for olive grow­ing, Uzbekistan already boasts sev­eral hun­dred hectares mainly focused on the local olive tree cul­ti­var, Uzbek, which has shown high resilience to the cold win­ters expe­ri­enced in the region.

Finally, the IOC annual event will host the inau­gu­ra­tion of an olive grove from all the IOC mem­ber coun­tries in the fore­court of the Organization’s head­quar­ters. Guests will then be invited to taste Uzbek cui­sine.


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