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International Olive Council

Jan. 1, 2011
Olive Oil Times Staff

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The International Olive Council is the world’s only inter­na­tional inter­gov­ern­men­tal organ­i­sa­tion in the field of olive oil and table olives. It was set up in Madrid, Spain, in 1959, under the aus­pices of the United Nations. It used to be known as the International Olive Oil Council or IOOC until 2006, when its name was changed.

In January, 2011 Jean-Louis Barjol was selected as the direc­tor of the IOC. Barjol took the place of Mohammed Ouhmad Sbitri, who headed the orga­ni­za­tion from November 2007 to December 2010. Directorship of the IOC lasts for three years, and Barjol will lead the orga­ni­za­tion from through December, 2014.

For the past two years, Barjol served as the deputy direc­tor of the orga­ni­za­tion, over­see­ing the Administrative & Financial and Survey & Assessment divi­sions. Barjol has been work­ing on geo­graphic indi­ca­tion ques­tions, and espe­cially explor­ing ways to develop areas out­side of the European Union.

The Council is a deci­sive player in con­tribut­ing to the sus­tain­able and respon­si­ble devel­op­ment of olive grow­ing and it serves as a world forum for dis­cussing pol­i­cy­mak­ing issues and tack­ling present and future chal­lenges.

Its cur­rent mem­ber­ship includes the lead­ing inter­na­tional pro­duc­ers and exporters of olive oil and table olives. IOC pro­ducer Members account for 98% of world olive pro­duc­tion, located pri­mar­ily in the Mediterranean region.

The IOC is com­mit­ted to the inte­grated, sus­tain­able devel­op­ment of world olive grow­ing. It attempts to trans­late this com­mit­ment into tan­gi­ble advance­ment for its mem­ber coun­tries and, most impor­tantly, for the ordi­nary peo­ple who earn their liveli­hood from the pro­duce of the olive tree.






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