Africa / Middle East

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.

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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.

Jun. 8, 2022

South African Producers Celebrate Record Success at NYIOOC

Entering their second-highest number of brands, South African producers won a record-high number of Gold Awards at the World Olive Oil Competition.

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May. 11, 2022

New Rules for Tunisian Olive Oil Exports to Europe

Tunisian producers who hope to qualify for the E.U.’s duty-free quota must provide details about their shipments and obtain permission from the agricultural ministry.

May. 10, 2022

2,300-Year-Old Olive Oil Lamp Unearthed in the West Bank

The lamp was discovered by chance and in very good condition in an archeological excavation area at Mount Gerizim, near Nablus.

May. 6, 2022

Court Orders Halt to Coal Mining Operation in Turkey’s Olive Groves

A government regulation would have allowed companies to remove olive groves obstructing access to coal mines. However, the stop is only temporary.

Apr. 29, 2022

South African Producers Hope for Winning Harvest

While high quality producers in the country wait for the results of the 2022 NYIOOC, the local industry is optimistic about the incoming harvest.

Apr. 11, 2022

Bringing Palestinians and Israelis Together Through Olive Oil Production

In northern Israel, Sindyanna of Galilee helps farmers produce and sell extra virgin olive oil, using the proceeds to invest in the local communities.

Apr. 6, 2022

Moroccan Producers Anticipate Near-Record Harvest

Olive oil production is expected to reach 200,000 tons for the second time in Morocco. Recently-planted olive trees and improved irrigation are partially responsible.

Apr. 5, 2022

Turkey Suspends Exports of Agricultural Products, Bulk Olive Oil

The government implemented export restrictions to prevent food shortages. Turley’s olive oil sector disputed the export curb on bulk olive oil, claiming that supply can satisfy demand.

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Aug. 23, 2021

Thousands of Hectares of Olive Trees Burned to Ashes Across Southern Turkey

Producers worry that the country’s worst wildfires in recent memory are a symptom of climate change, and that the government is not adequately preparing for future fires.

Aug. 20, 2021

Wildfires Devastate Agricultural Land in Turkey

Large areas in the south and southwest of the country have been reduced to ashes after dozens of wildfires erupted in the country.

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.

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