On the occasion of the International Olive Day proclaimed by UNESCO, the Slow Food network is organising a conference dedicated to the role of olive growing in the Mediterranean landscape.
An immense olive grove covering millions of hectares has been one of the distinctive features of the Mediterranean agricultural landscape for centuries. The merit of this extraordinary diffusion goes to the tireless work of generations of farmers who have been able to cultivate the olive tree in these territories. Linked to the olive tree and oil, an economy made up of complex relationships between olive growers, oil mills and merchants has developed, capable of “marking” the territory, determining customs and behaviour, and building through the centuries a civilization of the olive tree that has remained almost unchanged to the present day.A meeting to talk about the problems that threaten the survival of this type of olive growing and the good practices implemented by communities to safeguard it.
• Giuseppe Barbera, Professor of Arboreal Cultures at the University of Palermo. He deals with trees, agricultural and agroforestry systems and landscapes of the Mediterranean (Italy)
• Dicle Tuba Kilic, researcher, president of the NGO Doga Dernegi, spokesperson of the Slow Food Slow Food Presidium extra virgin olive oil from the indigenous landscapes of the Aegean (Turkey)
• Nacho Lànderer, professor of agriculture, spokesman of the Slow Food Presidium for extra virgin olive oil from ancient olive trees in Maestrat, Comunidad Valenciana (Spain)
• Raffaele Leobilla, Apulian producer of the Slow Food Italian extra virgin olive oil Presidium that promotes the environmental, landscape, health and economic value of extra virgin olive oil (Italy)
• Saad Dagher, producer, humanist agronomist, trainer and agroecology expert, spokesman of the Slow Food Farmers for ecological olives community in Mazari Nubani (Ramallah district, Occupied Territories).
Moderator: Monica Petronio, Slow Food Umbria Coordinator
Video contributions from the Slow Food network.
If you missed the conference, you can watch it again in English
Event languages: IT, EN