Mr Plácido Plaza, Secretary General Ad Interim of the CIHEAM, and a CIHEAM Delegation were in Madrid for a meeting with Mr Abdellatif Ghedira, Executive Director of the International Olive Council (IOC) to organise the upcoming global conference on Xylella fastidiosa and to strengthen their partnership .
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The meeting was attended by representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN; one of its specialized institutions, the International Plant Protection Convention; the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization; and the University of Córdoba.
The main objective of the meeting was to create a plan of action for the prevention, control and mitigation of Xylella fastidiosa, including measures aimed at avoiding a block in the exchange and international trade in olive trees. The meeting also allowed attendees to draw up the event programme and decide on the institutions and stakeholders from the olive oil production sector that will take part in ‘Integrated Action against Xylella fastidiosa to Protect Olive Trees and International Trade’.
The definitive programme and the exact time and place of the conference will be announced soon. The conference is due to take place in December.
Since the 1990s, CIHEAM and IOC have started to work together, noting the complementarity of our missions and the need to strengthen our relations in a regional context marked by many challenges in the field of olive production. CIHEAM's partnership with IOC, therefore, seeks to improve the sharing of knowledge to meet the needs of the region and to better prepare for the future. This agreement also aims to strengthen the research, training or technical assistance capacities on this very broad thematic and disciplinary perimeter which revolves around the olive tree.