Olive Council Invites Proposals for 'World Olive Day'

The International Olive Council is proposing grants for the financing of activities and events aimed at celebrating 'World Olive Day' in member countries.

IOC Headquarters in Madrid (Google Earth)
Sep. 12, 2016
By Isabel Putinja
IOC Headquarters in Madrid (Google Earth)

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The International Olive Council is propos­ing grants for the financ­ing of activ­i­ties and events aimed at cel­e­brat­ing World Olive Day’ in mem­ber coun­tries. Activities could include ini­tia­tives like sem­i­nars or trade fairs show­cas­ing top­ics like the health ben­e­fits of olive prod­ucts, olive pro­duc­tion and the envi­ron­ment, the his­tory of olive grow­ing, and the olive economy. 

Activities can also include the pro­duc­tion of pro­mo­tional mate­ri­als like brochures and books. Planned activ­i­ties should also include a press con­fer­ence or sim­i­lar event pub­li­ciz­ing World Olive Day, and must be car­ried out between November 23 and 30, 2016. 

The United States, where the cel­e­bra­tion would fall on Thanksgiving week­end, is not a mem­ber of the International Olive Council.

The grants can amount to a max­i­mum of €4,000 per mem­ber coun­try, which can cover up to 50 per­cent of the activity’s total cost. The rest of the bud­get must be cov­ered by either the ben­e­fi­cia­ry’s own resources or con­tri­bu­tions from third par­ties. The dead­line for appli­ca­tions is October 14, 2016.

In the most recent edi­tion of its monthly newslet­ter, the IOC out­lined the objec­tives of the cel­e­bra­tion of World Olive Day as three­fold: to raise aware­ness of the impor­tance of the rela­tion­ship between olive grow­ing and the envi­ron­ment; to high­light the health ben­e­fits of olive oil; and to put the spot­light on the role of the IOC as the orga­ni­za­tion respon­si­ble for admin­is­ter­ing the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives. 

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This ini­tia­tive stems from one of the guide­lines approved at the IOC’s 26th extra­or­di­nary ses­sion held in Madrid in March 2016 for the next four years of the orga­ni­za­tion, which aims to increase IOC vis­i­bil­ity by cel­e­brat­ing World Olive Day on November 26 each year in IOC mem­ber countries.



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