Barjol J.L.

The present and global future of olive growing and olive oil market proceedings

Rivista : Anno 42/Numero 1
Autori/Authors : Barjol J.L.

The International Olive Council is the world’s only international intergovernmental organisation in the field of olive oil and table olives. By bringing together olive oil and table olive producing and consuming stakeholders, this places it in a unique position as a forum for authoritative discussion on issues of interest to the olive industry.
The Council was set up in Madrid, Spain, in 1959, under the auspices of the United Nations. It used to be known as the International Olive Oil Council or IOOC until 2006, when its name was changed to the International Olive Council or IOC because its scope was extended to encompass table olives.
The Council is a decisive player in contributing to the sustainable and responsible development of olive growing and it serves as a world forum for discussing policymaking issues and tackling present and future challenges. It does so by:

  • Supplying clear, accurate information and statistics on the world olive and olive oil market, like all the other international commodity bodies;
  • Drawing up and updating international product trade standards;
  • Supplying its Members with technical assistance to help them improve quality from field to fork via cooperation on research and development projects, training and the transfer of technology;
  • Promoting world consumption of olive oil and table olives through innovative campaigns and action plans.

To do all this, it assembles government representatives and experts regularly to discuss problems and concerns and to fix priorities for IOC action. It also works in close partnership with the private sector, via its Advisory Committee.

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