Olive Growing News

  • Countries celebrate World Olive Day with IOC grants

    In order to bring the IOC closer to its member countries and increase the visibility of the Organisation, on 2 September the Executive Secretariat published a call for proposals for grants to co-finance celebrations of World Olive Day (26 November) in IOC member countries. The idea is to set up an annual celebration of World Olive Day across all member countries, through simultaneous events ...

  • International seminar on Xylella fastidiosa

    The International Olive Council (IOC) and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), under the Memorandum of Understanding signed in July 2016, have organised a seminar on Xylella fastidiosa¸ the bacterium which, since 2013, has been causing the death of hundreds of olive trees in the Italian region of Apulia, raising grave concerns among all olive ...

  • 104th Regular Session of the IOC Council of Members (with new links)

    The Council of Members of the International Olive Council (IOC) held its 104th Regular Session at the headquarters of the Organisation (Calle Principe de Vergara 154) in Madrid, from 21 to 25 November 2016. For this session, representatives of the 16 member countries of the IOC (Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Egypt, the European Union, ...

  • Conclusions of the IOC Conference at COP22

    The International Olive Council (IOC) participated in the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), which was held in Marrakech (Morocco) from 7 to 18 November 2016, and whereby the UN sought to adopt a framework for action against global warming. For this event, the IOC invited all IOC member countries to ...

  • The new Ambassador of Cyprus visits the IOC Executive Director

    H.E. Koula Sophianou, Ambassador of Cyprus in Madrid since September, paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretariat of the International Olive Council (IOC) on Monday 14 November. She met with the IOC Executive Director, Mr Abdellatif Ghedira, and his two deputies, Mr Lillo and Mr Sepetçi. Ms Sophianou, who has previously occupied the posts of Consul General of Cyprus in New York and ...

  • IOC Executive Director meets with Phil Hogan in Brussels

    The Executive Director and the Deputy Director in charge of Technical, Economic and Promotional Affairs were received on 27 October 2016 by the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan. Phil Hogan, who is the former Irish Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, has been in charge of EU agricultural and rural affairs and the ...

  • Olive growing in Saudi Arabia

    A delegation of representatives of the Saudi olive growing sector was received on 7 October by various officials of the IOC Executive Secretariat, including the Executive Director, the Deputy Directors, the Head of the Department of Research & Development and Environment and the Head of the Promotion Unit. Mr Aboabat, the CEO of the company Al-Watania and Mr Sahbi Mahjoub from the Agromillora ...

  • IOC Executive Director received at the Embassy of Libya

    The Executive Director of the International Olive Council, Mr Abdellatif Ghedira, was received on 4 October 2016 by Mr Khalid S.M. Edokale, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Libya. During his visit, Mr Ghedira highlighted Libya’s importance within the IOC as one of its founding members. Libya has an olive acreage of 20 500 hectares, of which 95% are rain-fed. It produces an average of ...

  • IOC Executive Director visits the Embassy of Israel

    The Executive Director of the International Olive Council (IOC), Mr Abdellatif Ghedira, was received on 6 October 2016 by His Excellence Daniel Kutner, Ambassador of Israel to Spain since August 2015. During his visit, Mr Ghedira highlighted the importance of Israel within the Organisation as one of its founding Members. Israel, which has held the Chair of the Organisation on two occasions, is an ...

  • Visit of the IOC Executive Director to the Iranian Embassy

    The Executive Director of the International Olive Council, Mr Abdellatif Ghedira, was received on 6 October by His Excellency Mohammad Hassan Fadaifard, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran since 2014. During his visit, Mr Ghedira, highlighted the importance of this country, an IOC member since 2004, within the Organisation. Although there is still doubt as to when the olive tree first ...

  • The IOC Executive Director meets the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Madrid

    Following his meeting on 6 May 2016 with the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Madrid, His Excellence Mr Ahmed Shafik Ismail Mahmoud Abdelmoeti, the IOC Executive Director, Mr Abdellatif Ghedira, again visited the permanent representative of Egypt in Spain to discuss the state of progress of the ratification of the new International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2015. He took ...

  • Visit to the Embassy of Turkey in Madrid

    Continuing with his visits to the diplomatic services of the IOC member countries in Madrid, the Executive Director of the IOC, Mr Abdellatif Ghedira, again met with H.E. Mr Omer Onhon, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, having already met together in February. Mr Ghedira was accompanied on this visit by Mr Mustafa Sepetçi, IOC Deputy Director for Financial and Administrative ...

  • Senior Course 129: Field Study 1 – Paris

    Meeting Course Members at the Hôtel des Invalides, LtGen Clairmont opens the session in Paris with a ‘tour d'horizon’: the security threats, concerns and challenges. Daesh is the first on the menu, especially the return of foreign fighters which could further damage the cohesion of French society. Daesh is quickly followed by threat number 2: the proliferation of weapons of mass ...


    By NDC Technologies Inc

  • The Executive Director pays another visit to the Embassy of Algeria in Madrid

    The Executive Director of the International Olive Council, Mr Abdellatif Ghedira, paid another visit to the Ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria in Madrid, H.E. Ms Taous Feroukhi. When he last met her, in February, he had presented her with a copy of the new International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2015, and had outlined the main changes made to the ...

  • The Executive Director of the IOC visits the Embassy of Lebanon in Madrid

    The Executive Director of the International Olive Council, Mr Abdellatif Ghedira, was received on 22 September 2016 by Ms Joumane Khaddage Zahalan, the Chargée d’Affaires of the Embassy of Lebanon in Madrid. On his first visit to this country’s embassy, Mr Ghedira highlighted the importance of Lebanon, an IOC member since November 1973, within the Organisation. Lebanon, which ...

  • Call for proposals for the award of grants for the celebration of World Olive Day 2016 on 26 November

    The Executive Secretariat is pleased to announce that it intends to award grants to finance programmes for the celebration of World Olive Day 2016 in IOC member countries. These grants will be awarded within the limits of the approved budget and will be for events and activities carried out between 23 and 30 November 2016. Application dossiers must arrive at the Executive Secretariat by 14 ...

  • Tunisia becomes the first country to ratify the new International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2015

    The Ambassador of Tunisia, H.E. Wacef Chiha, presented a copy of the instruments of ratification of the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2015, to the Executive Director of the IOC during a visit to the Executive Secretariat on 31 August, accompanied by the Minister-Counsellor of the Tunisian Embassy in Madrid, Mr Mounir Fourati. Following its approval by the Tunisian ...

  • Master in the olive oil mechanic: Pieralisi and AIPO

    On 29th and 30th September 2016 at Pieralisi Group’s headquarters is taking place one of the five meetings concerning the Oil Millers Training Course, organized by Pieralisi Group together with AIPO association. During the courses Beniamino Tripodi, Sales Manager North Centre Italy, will be one of the speakers. He will talk about ...


    By Pieralisi Group

  • New IOC senior management team now complete

    Following in the footsteps of new IOC Executive Director Abdellatif Ghedira who took up office on 1 January 2016, two new senior officials joined the Executive Secretariat as planned on 1 July. Jaime Lillo and Mustafa Sepetçi were selected by the Council of Members at its 26th extraordinary session in March 2016, the first as Deputy Director in charge of the technical, economic and ...

  • Application for the calculation of C02 balance in olive farming

    We now have evidence that, when the appropriate agricultural practices are applied, the carbon sink effect (or carbon sequestration) of olive trees through the biomass and soil is much greater than the greenhouse gas emissions for one production unit (one litre of virgin olive oil). According to Environmental Product Declarations for olive oil and published research, on average 1.5 kg of CO2e is ...

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