Africa / Middle East

Sep. 14, 2021

After Slow Start, South African Producers Celebrate Record Harvest

While many growers reported more rainfall and record harvests, others fared less well and worry about the future.

Sep. 1, 2021

Turkey Lifts Ban on Bulk Olive Oil Exports Ahead of Schedule

The government said it implemented the ban to prevent price speculation and protect small producers. However, many producers largely opposed the prohibition.

Aug. 24, 2021

Algerian Farmers in ‘State of Shock’ After Week of Deadly Fires

While the damage to olive groves has yet to be fully assessed, some experts believe the fires will impact the 2021 harvest and prices.

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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.

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.

Jun. 24, 2021

Israeli Producers Celebrate Record Year at World Competition

Producers from across the small Middle Eastern country earned one Gold Award and two Silver Awards from four entries.

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.

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.

Jun. 18, 2020

Tough Times for Producers in Jordan's Jerash Province

Ever-changing weather, marketplace turmoil and a surplus of olive oil have severely impacted local farmers and cast a shadow on the coming season

Jun. 18, 2020

South African Producers Share Realities of Harvesting During Lockdown

Even with ongoing water shortages and the challenge of working during a lockdown, growers anticipate a good harvest.

Jun. 17, 2020

Egyptian EVOO Pioneer Sets Gold Standard

Wadi Food has led the way for Egyptian olive oil producers. In spite of the difficulties of producing high-quality oil in the country's Western Desert.

Jun. 10, 2020

Two Lebanese Producers Prevail at World Olive Oil Competition

Producers in Lebanon demonstrate how both tradition and innovation are thriving in the ancestral home of the olive tree.

Jun. 1, 2020

Ancient Olive Trees Burn in Jordan Wildfires

Thousands of acres in one of the most important Jordan regions for olive oil production are burning.

Jun. 1, 2020

Winning Producers at World Competition Give Moroccan EVOO the 'Place It Deserves'

Morocco took home a record number of awards at this year's NYIOOC. Winners attributed their success to a "quiet revolution" in the country's olive oil sector.

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