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2012

Economic Valorization of Olive Genetic Resources Creation of Pilot Demonstration Nurseries Centres

Afrique du Nord

Common Fund for Commodities

Titre : Economic Valorization of Olive Genetic Resources Creation of Pilot Demonstration Nurseries Centres

Code du projet : CFC/IOOC/03

Pays bénéficiaire (s) : Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia

Approuvé le : 02 October 2012

Submitting ICB  : International Olive Oil Council

Agence d’exécution : Institut de l’Olivier

Présentation
The Project will be implemented by the Institut de l’Olivier (IO) in Sfax, Tunisia for a four year period. The project will be supervised by the International Olive Oil Council (IOC). The project is the second phase of the successfully completed project on “Conservation, Characterization, Collection and Utilization of Genetic Resources in Olive”, which had enabled the characterization and conservation of 310 local olive varieties specific to the climatic and environmental conditions of the Mediterranean Basin. The current project seeks to sustainably develop the olive sector in the Mediterranean Basin This CFC project will be implemented in four Mediterranean olive-growing countries, namely, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia and the main objective is to increase the productivity and quality of the olive crop, adding value to the commodity and raise the earnings of the olive farmers.

Objectifs
There are four specific project outputs : a) establishing a pilot nursery centre in each selected country ; b) demonstrating modern methods for the production of certified quality olive plants ; c) pilot production of a significant number of top-quality olive plants and disseminating and promoting the use of local genetic material ; d) training and technology dissemination in improved olive orchard management.

Impacts
Each pilot nursery centre to be developed will have a minimum production capacity of 25,000 olive plants per year. The pilot nursery will serve as a centre of excellence for the demonstration of modern propagation techniques and updated technologies in nursery based plant production. High quality, high yielding and pest free olive plants of selected local varieties adapted to specific environments, climates and soil proprieties and complying with optimal phyto-sanitary standards, will be propagated and distributed to farmers. This project enables farmers to respond to the market trend of worldwide increasing olive oil demand. This project and other similar ventures pave the way for a further expansion of olive cultivation in the Mediterranean basin.

Coût du projet : USD 1,700,000

Common Fund for Commodities

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