Africa and The Middle East

Environmentally Friendly Bioplastics Created From Olive Seeds

The idea to create olive-based plastics was sparked when Duygu Yilmaz decided to research whether her father's habit of eating olive seeds was detrimental to his health.

UN, EBRD Approve More Support for Tunisia’s Olive Sector

The EBRD and FAO are set to continue their support for Tunisia's olive farmers by adding value to Tunisian oil and making cultivation of the crop more sustainable.
Special Report

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.
Olive Oil Times Special

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.
Special Report

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.