Africa / Middle East

May. 16, 2022

Quest for Quality Behind an Israeli Producer's Award-Winning Results

On the banks of the Jordan River the producers of KeremZait experiment and innovate to produce outstanding olive oils.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Jun. 22, 2021

Bountiful Harvest Yields Wins for South African Producers at World Competition

South African producers earned a record-tying nine awards at this year’s NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, more than twice the number they earned in 2020.

Jun. 15, 2021

Mixed Expectations as Harvest Gets Underway in South Africa

While the country’s long-standing drought finally broke, pests, blackouts and Covid-19 restrictions resulted in a harvest of mixed results thus far.

Jun. 15, 2021

Turkish Olive Oils Win Acclaim in World Competition

After an off-year harvest complicated by the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change, producers from Turkey celebrated a record-high 44 awards.

Jun. 7, 2021

After Poor Harvest, a Record Year for Tunisia at World Olive Oil Competition

Tunisian producers overcame the lack of rainfall in 2020 and earned a record-high tally of 30 awards at the 2021 NYIOOC.

May. 20, 2021

Discovery of 9th Century Soap Factory in Israel Sheds Light on Ancient Trade

The olive oil soap-making facility was discovered in the southern city of Rahat, inside an affluent 9th-century house.

May. 6, 2021

Lower Yields in Tunisia Push Prices Higher

The growth in packaged olive oil exports has helped fuel the increase in prices per unit.

Apr. 22, 2021

Producers Puzzled by Turkish Ban on Bulk Olive Oil Exports

In a season where 220,000 tons were produced, Turkey has stopped bulk olive oil exports until the end of next October.

Apr. 20, 2021

Researchers Investigate Origins of White Tripolitaine Olive in Libya

They are are working to determine the best varieties for Libyan olive production.

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