climate change

Feb. 22, 2024

Experts Back Olives in a Hotter, Drier World

Olive farming may play a critical role in the future of agriculture. Researchers have suggestions for doing it right.

Feb. 19, 2024

Conflict and Weather Extremes Dwindle Lebanese Harvest

The cross-border fire between the militant group Hezbollah and Israel has resulted in thousands of Lebanese fleeing north and even more olives left unharvested.

Feb. 7, 2024

Acesur CEO Highlights Andalusia's Key Role in Sector's Future

Gonzalo Guillén believes production capacity is the limiting factor to increase olive oil consumption and Andalusia remains best positioned to expand the market.

Feb. 5, 2024

Agricultural Groups Call on Spanish Government to Step Up Climate Change Response

Climate and agricultural advocates seek funding for insurance and investments in water-saving infrastructure.

Jan. 29, 2024

Experts Predict Bigger Swings Between Wet and Dry Years in California

Investing in infrastructure and management techniques can help olive growers protect crops from flooding and save water for droughts.

Jan. 29, 2024

In Search of Chill: Cool Nights Needed for Olive Trees in Greece

After warm spells decimated their harvests, producers in Greece are hoping for cool temperatures during critical growing stages this time around.

Dec. 14, 2023

Tightening Water Regulations in California May Spur Olive Cultivation

While irrigated olive groves still use plenty of water, increasingly strict prohibitions, especially in the San Joaquin Valley, may carve out a new niche for dryland olive groves.

Dec. 11, 2023

Organic Farm in Jaén Blazes a Trail for Selling Carbon Credits

O.Live generates about 4.5 carbon credits per hectare from its 1,000 hectares of organic groves, establishing a model for producers to increase revenue.

Dec. 4, 2023

COP28 Climate Summit Gets Underway Amid Tensions

The COP28 climate conference in Dubai has sparked controversy over the role of oil and gas companies in negotiations.

Dec. 3, 2023

2023 Is the Hottest Year on Record; 2024 Will Likely Be Hotter

The average global temperature in 2023 was 1.40 ºC above the pre-industrial average, with many olive-growing regions bearing the brunt of extreme heat.

Nov. 21, 2023

The Agronomic and Macroeconomic Forces Behind Olive Oil Prices in Italy

Despite an anticipated production rebound in Italy, prices will likely remain high. Farmers will need to adapt to a new reality.

Nov. 20, 2023

Insurance Needs for Olive Growers Change with Climate

The cost of covering olive groves is rising as climate change makes Europe increasingly hot and dry. Farmers can adopt some technology to help.

Nov. 1, 2023

Olive Trees Can Help Beat Climate Change

At a three-day conference, the International Olive Council emphasized the role olive farming can play in efforts to reach global net zero emissions.


Jun. 5, 2023

Farmers and Consumers React to Rising Olive Oil Prices

As drought pushes production prices up across the Mediterranean, farmers and consumers adapt.

Jun. 5, 2023

Some Hope for Growers as Rain Falls in Andalusia

For many producers in southern Spain, too little rain has fallen too late, with expectations of another poor harvest looming. Still, the rain lifted expectations.

May. 19, 2023

Climate Disasters Drive Prices Higher

Drought on the Iberian Peninsula and floods in Croatia have resulted in a rocky start to olive development, spurring more price rises.

May. 1, 2023

How the El Niño Will Affect Olive Growers

El Niño years increase the likelihood of above-average precipitation in the Americas and below-average precipitation in Australia and South Africa.

Apr. 4, 2023

Drought Expected to Hit Europe Again, Scientists Warn

Dry weather is expected to persist in much of Europe throughout the summer, especially in the central and Mediterranean regions.

Mar. 27, 2023

Farm to Fork Strategy Under Fire Ahead of European Elections in 2024

Supporters of the landmark sustainable agriculture strategy say Farm to Fork must be codified into law by September, 2023.

Mar. 20, 2023

Italian Farmers Take Stock of Current Harvest, Look Ahead to Challenges

As the vegetative restart approaches, olive farmers and producers in Italy are preparing for the challenges of unpredictable climate extremes.

Mar. 14, 2023

Andalusian Ag Minister Pushes for A More Resilient Olive Oil Sector

Carmen Crespo has big plans to support the region’s economic engine.