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Alentejo - 2nd phase of the Olive Oil Sustainability project is presented today

The Alentejo Olive Oil Sustainability Program (PSAA), from Olivum - Association of Olive Growers and Olive Mills of Portugal, in partnership with the University of Évora, presents today at 10:00 am, at Nerbe, in Beja, the 2nd phase of the Sustainability Reference project. This is a pioneering tool at international level, "demanding, ambitious, credible and adapted, which will consolidate and optimize the environmental performance, social, economic and cultural olive production in the region ", according to the association.

Olivum emphasizes that in recent years, the Alentejo has consolidated its position as the largest olive oil producing region in Portugal. With the incorporation of new irrigated areas, and the development of modern, productive and efficient olive groves, in 2022 the region produced 85% of the national olive oil, positioning Portugal as the 6th largest producer in the world, and the 3rd largest exporter in the European Union.

In order to fulfill its objective of supporting olive and olive oil producers in the Alentejo region in consolidating and improving their performance, the project developed a Sustainability Reference. It was thought and designed according to a co-creative approach, involving members of academia, olive and olive oil producers, and other members of the value chain, throughout the process. These elements participated in several discussion sessions, in which they carried out critical intervention areas to determine the sustainable performance of the production.

The event will be formally opened by Pedro Lopes, President of Olivum, followed by a brief summary of what was the 1st Phase of the Alentejo Olive Oil Sustainability Program (PSAA), by Gonçalo Moreira, also from the Association of Olive Growers and Olive Mills of Portugal.

Source: Planície, 27th June 2023

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