A study tour in Italy gives Jordanian and Palestinian olive oil producers food for thought

A group of Palestinian and Jordanian olive producers and government representatives visited Apulia, Italy’s leading olive oil producing region, to see what it takes – investments, innovations, cooperation between the public and private sectors – to build a booming industry. The delegation met with olive oil producers – both large firms and small family-run companies – technical experts, local authorities and olive oil cooperatives. They toured modern and ancient olive groves and mills and saw different cultivation methods and advanced

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From Italy to Georgia: regenerating rural communities with agritourism

Exploring Georgia’s gastronomy offers tourists unique insights into the country and its culture. Enriching tourists’ experiences also has the potential to attract more visitors which can generate vital income in rural communities. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are working to unite Georgia’s unique food heritage, traditions and landscapes, by strengthening the links between agriculture and tourism. Last year, the EBRD and FAO organized  a study tour

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A cut above – Pruning for resilient olive oil production in West Bank and Gaza Strip

A training program, organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization on pruning and irrigation best practices began last month as part of efforts to build olive oil sector capacity in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The program, supported by Netherlands through EBRD’s Multi-donor Trust Fund, had started in the West Bank, and was repeated in Gaza Strip the following days. Cultivating olives for resilient production and sustainable livelihoods Olive oil production

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