International Olive Council (IOC)

@E.GrechFounded in Madrid in 1959 under the auspices of the United Nations, the International Olive Council is an international intergovernmental organisation bringing together olive oil and table olives producers and consumers. On the 15 of July 2016 in Tunis, Mr Abdellatif Ghedira, Executive Director of the IOC and Mr Cosimo Lacirignola, the Secretary General of the CIHEAM signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to strengthen their joint activities that contribute to the sustainable development of olive growing in the Mediterranean.

Press Release

Following the regional workshop on the Xylella Fastidiosa organised by the CIHEAM and the IOC in Bari in November 2016 intended to provide members of the IOC with the most updated information on this issue that is severely affecting Mediterranean  olive trees, discussions were held on the setting up of an olive oil observatory and the establishment of a network for the conservation of genetic diversity.