The olive sector is of strategic importance in Morocco, the 5th world largest olive producer. Together, olive cultivation and processing contribute to 5% of the country’s GDP. The sector also has a strong social significance for the country, as it is the main source of revenue for over 400,000 families and a significant contributor to both rural and urban employment. Exports of olive products also make a significant contribution to Morocco’s trade balance.
Since 2013, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), together with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in collaboration with the Minister for Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests and the inter-profession have been supporting the development of Morocco’s olive oil sector. The initiative focuses on improving quality, efficiency and productivity, promoting dialogue and cooperation between the public and private sector. A series of notes and seven technical videos on pruning good practices have been produced as educational complement to the training.