Africa / Middle East

Nov. 28, 2022

Low Availability and Rising Prices Spark Concerns of Olive Oil Fraud in Morocco

Already-high olive oil prices could rise a further 25 percent, which would put the product out of reach of many of the country’s consumers.

Nov. 18, 2022

Bumper Crop Expected in Syria Amid Ongoing Civil War

Local sources say production may reach 125,000 tons, a significant increase from the previous year. However, the future of olive growing in the country remains uncertain.

Nov. 18, 2022

Producers in Algeria Anticipate Worst Harvest in 30 Years

North Africa’s largest country is expected to produce just 30,000 tons of olive oil in the 2022/23 crop year, about one-third of the rolling five-year average.

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Nov. 10, 2022

A Predicted Record Harvest Would Make Turkey the World’s Second-Largest Olive Oil Producer

The country’s olive oil and table olive yields are expected to reach record highs. Officials hope to export more olive oil to Europe and grow domestic demand.

Nov. 10, 2022

Europe and Morocco Sign Deal to Develop Sustainable Agricultural

The €115 million program is meant to modernize Morocco’s agricultural sector, promote reforestation and protect biodiversity.

Oct. 24, 2022

Farmers in Gaza Expect Bumper Harvest

Growers expect to harvest 45 tons of olives, allowing them to meet domestic demand for olive oil and table olives and export the rest.

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Sep. 7, 2022

Farmers in Morocco Prepare for Modest Yield

After last year’s record-high production, the North African country’s two largest olive-growing regions are expecting small harvests.

Sep. 6, 2022

Producers in South Africa Expect to Match Results of Last Year's Record Harvest

While producers celebrate a third consecutive bountiful harvest, there is growing concern about rising costs and load shedding.

Jul. 15, 2022

Award-Winning Producer Emphasizes Sustainable Expansion in the Jordan Desert

Jordan’s only award-winning producer at the 2022 NYIOOC reflects on the role of preserving the environment on quality and prepare for the post-Covid world.

Jul. 11, 2022

Israeli Producers Celebrate Record Year at World Competition

Despite having its worst harvest in a decade, Israeli producers earned a record-high number of awards at the World Competition.

Jul. 11, 2022

Best Year Yet for Tunisian Producers at World Competition

The North African country’s producers won a record-setting number of awards at the competition and achieved their highest success rate.

Jul. 5, 2022

Cengizhan Şimşek Claims Başpehlivan Title at 661st Kırkpınar

Twenty-six-year-old Cengizhan Şimşek defeated several former champions en route to his victory at the 661st edition of the world’s oldest sporting event.

Jun. 10, 2022

Turkish Producers Reach New Heights in World Competition

A record haul of 65 awards has placed Turkey among the top producing countries at the world’s largest olive oil quality contest.

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Jan. 27, 2022

Olive Oil Production in Lebanon Becomes Nearly Impossible as Crises Deepen

Local olive oil has become a luxury for most of the population amid financial and political turmoil.

Jan. 17, 2022

European Bank Provides New Funds for Olive Growing and Irrigation Projects in Tunisia

The combined €55 million in funding comes as officials in the Italian olive oil sector call on the European Commission to end its duty-free import quotas from Tunisia.

Dec. 16, 2021

Political and Economic Crises Complicate the Harvest in Lebanon

Rising production costs and a weak local currency have hampered the harvest for olive farmers.

Dec. 6, 2021

Climate Extremes, Conflict Complicate Harvest in Palestine

Fighting in the West Bank are crippling the harvest, while climate change is blamed for lower yields in the Gaza Strip.

Nov. 30, 2021

Egypt Expects Lower Production After Extreme Weather Damages Groves

In many parts of Egypt, yields are expected to be between 50 and 80-percent below the average. However, producers are optimistic about the future.

Nov. 22, 2021

Jordanian Farmers Expect Fall in Production Due to Drought, Pests

As the situation in northern Jordan’s fertile agricultural regions looks increasingly dire, three organizations are stepping in to promote traditional and sustainable farming methods.

Nov. 17, 2021

Production in Turkey Rebounds as Farmers Show Their Resilience

Olive oil production in Turkey is expected to exceed 235,000 tons, the country’s second-highest total. Table olive production will reach a record high.

Nov. 4, 2021

Tunisian Olive Oil Producers Thrive Despite Political Turmoil

While one of the world’s largest olive-producing nations undergoes shifts that worry international observers, olive growers are more concerned about climate change.

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