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Sustainable development of the Olive Sector in Kurdistan

January 2015 - January 2016

Project Summary

Short description

The beneficiaries of the project are the personnel of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources. Rural olive growers’ communities/local associations in Erbil, Soulamainyah and Dohuk. Institutional and stakeholders capacity building and training by transferring sustainable know-how and approaches, technical assistance in loco, pilot activities to set up a rural development policy within the olive oil value chain.

Main Results

  • A participatory and inclusive rural development policy on olive oil is started up;
  • “Low impact” processing units for olive oil are established;  
  • Pilot Olive Producers’ Associations are established;  
  • A process of characterisation and promotion of Kurdish olive oil is started.


Source of funding : Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Total budget : 789 874,00 €
Partners :
  • CIHEAM-Bari - Italy