Africa and The Middle East

All-female Cooperative Transforms Olive Oil Into Hope

The Femmes du Rif is a female-run cooperative in Morocco that focuses on sustainable olive oil production. They hope to reverse the fortunes of an otherwise declining rural region.

Turkey Accused of Selling Stolen Syrian Olive Oil as Its Own

Several different groups ranging from politicians to non-governmental organizations and news outlets have documented the alleged plunder of Syrian olive oil.
Special Report

Export Ban Impacts Libyan Olive Oil Industry

A ban imposed to olive oil exports in 2017 was meant to protect the domestic production market. Producers say that it is having the opposite effect.

Egypt Has Ambitious Plans to Become the World’s Largest Table Olive Producer

Ahead of taking the chair position for the 2019 IOC Council of Members meeting, Egypt's Agriculture Minister pledges more cooperation and investment in the country's already substantial olive sector.
Olive Oil Times Special

Israel Increases Duty-free Import Quotas on Olive Oil

Spanish producers are closely watching as the Israeli Minister of Economy seeks to stabilize olive oil prices.

Tunisian Producers See Promise in Olive Oil Tourism

Tunisian producers are exploring how olives, one of the country's biggest natural resources, can potentially lure a new kind of tourist.
Special Report

Researchers Turn to Olive Oil to Help Reduce Maternal Deaths in Uganda

Mbarara University of Science and Technology researchers are testing a wound dressing with olive oil and honey.

Olive Farm Helps Save Rhinos

South African olive oil producer Rio Largo Olive Estate has designed two labels to fund endangered rhinos.