Africa / Middle East

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.

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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.

Oct. 27, 2021

Heat and Drought Hamper Olive Harvest in Morocco

Olive production could fall by 30 percent from earlier forecasts. Experts expect the country to keep getting hotter and drier.

Oct. 5, 2021

Ahead of Climate Summit, African Leaders Discuss Fate of The Continent

Africa Climate Week highlighted the role of agriculture in the continent’s worsening desertification and climate crises, and its role in the potential recovery.

Aug. 16, 2021

Meet the Producer Behind Turkey's Most-Awarded Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Bahar Alan started producing olive oil as a hobby but has since dedicated herself to cultivating local varieties to produce high-quality organic olive oil.

Aug. 2, 2021

Turkey Announces Plan to Advance Sustainable Agriculture

The new plan aims to promote organic farming, technological innovation, recycling and renewable energies just weeks after the E.U. made a similar commitment.

Jul. 30, 2021

Just when Olive Oil Tourism Was Trending in Turkey, the Pandemic Hit

The Covid-19 pandemic has decimated Turkey’s fledgling olive oil tourism industry. However, producers believe agritourism is the future of the sector.

Jul. 29, 2021

Mavras Olive Oil Company Relies on Tradition, Terroir to Produce Quality EVOO

Despite the challenges posed by climate change and the volatile olive oil market, the producers behind Mavras believe quality is the key to success.

Jul. 13, 2021

U.K. Drops Tariffs on Tunisian Olive Oil Imports After Signing Trade Deal

Tunisia can now export up to 7,723 tons of olive oil to the United Kingdom duty-free, more than was exported in 2019.

Jul. 12, 2021

Ali Gürbüz Claims Fourth Title at 660th Kırkpınar

Gürbüz defeated Koç to earn his second consecutive title as Turkey’s chief wrestler. He triumphed over 2,160 other entrants, who came from across the country to the northwestern city of Edirne to compete in the centuries-old tournament.

Jun. 24, 2021

Jordanian Producers Celebrate First-Ever Wins at World Olive Oil Competition

After a harvest marked by the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and hot and dry weather, producers from Jordan earned four awards from the World Competition.

Jan. 6, 2021

Ancient Olive Oil Production Artifact Found in Gethsemane

Archaeologists found a 2,000-year-old ritual bath, known as a Mikveh. The finding underscores the importance of olive oil production in Gethsemane during the time of Christ.

Oct. 15, 2020

Despite Drop in Production and Exports, Moroccan Producers Remain Optimistic

Moroccan olive oil production is expected to exceed that of Tunisia, Turkey and Portugal.

Oct. 5, 2020

After Record Year, Tunisian Production Falters

Low levels of rainfall and poor agronomic practices have made what was expected to be a down cycle in Tunisia even worse.

Aug. 31, 2020

Tunisian Exports on Record-Breaking Pace

Tunisia’s National Olive Oil Board attributes the record-setting exports to a bumper crop and impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe.

Aug. 24, 2020

Kırkpınar Governor Calls for Cancellation of This Year’s Event

The Covid-19 pandemic originally delayed the 659th edition of the world's oldest sporting event from the first week of July to September. Now the main sponsor and ceremonial head of the event says he no longer supports the tournament taking place.

Aug. 12, 2020

Destruction of Olive Trees in West Bank Is an Attack on Palestinian Sovereignty, Activists Say

The vandalism comes at a time when Palestinian olive oil production is being threatened by Israel’s steady acquisition of territory in the West Bank.

Jul. 29, 2020

Despite Challenges, Soap Production Continues in West Bank

While the majority of Palestine’s soap factories have closed after years of occupation and economic hardship, a few have managed to hang on. Giving a modern twist to ancient practices, some producers are not ready to wash their hands of the business yet.

Jun. 30, 2020

Tunisia Asks Europe to Increase Duty-Free Imports

The head of Tunisia's National Olive Oil Board has formally requested that Brussels nearly double existing duty-free olive oil import quotas to 100,000 tons per year.

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