European Soil O-Live project and Deoleo announce 14 sustainability training courses in 2024

Jaén, March 7, 2024. The European project Soil O-Live and Deoleo, the world’s No. 1 olive oil company, have scheduled 14 training sessions in different locations in Spain, Italy and Portugal for this year.The aim of these sessions is to instruct and inform farmers on the implementation of sustainable practices in their olive groves and soil care.This has been presented at the Antigua Escuela de Magisterio of the University of Jaén, the entity that coordinates the Soil O-Live project.

The first training will begin in San Juan Bautista de Peñolite, Jaén (April 9); it will continue in Aceites de Sierra de Yeguas, in Córdoba (April 11); SCA San Juan de la Cruz de Beas de Segura, Jaén (April 16); SCA Vera Cruz de Villanueva del Arzobispo (April 24); Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Úbeda (Jaén), on April 26.In May it will be the turn of SCA Nuestra Señora del Rosario, in Nueva Carteya, Córdoba, (May 9); it will continue at SCA Olivarera Los Pedroches, in Pozoblanco, Córdoba, (May 16);at the Sociedad Cooperativa San Isidro de Valencia del Ventoso, Bajadoz (May 21); SCA San Isidro Labrador de Canena (Jaén), on May 27 and SCA Olivarera y Cerealista San Sebastián, San Sebastián de los Ballesteros, Córdoba (May 30).In June there will be a training session in the SCA of Villargordo, Jaén, on the 5th. It will be followed by the SCA Bedmarense, Bedmar, Jaén, on September 17 and the SCA La Unión de Bujalance, on September 25. Also in Portugal, at Molino del Genil-Fitagro, in Lagar do Sobrado, Ferreira do Alentejo, on May 8. In addition to some additional training in Italy, the dates of which are still to be defined.

In last year’s edition, more than 600 farmers already had the opportunity to learn about the importance of soil care for the maintenance of the tree and the quality of olive oil through this project 100% funded by the European Union.Precisely, one of the objectives of Soil O-Live is to study the effect of agricultural management on the general health status of soils in Mediterranean olive groves, as well as its impact on the production and quality of olive oils produced in the Mediterranean region.

“After more than 50 years of intensive agriculture application, the environmental situation of many olive groves in the Mediterranean region is quite dramatic in terms of land degradation, biodiversity impoverishment and general loss of functionality, factors that compromise the future viability of the crop in our region,” states the coordinator of the European Soil O-Live project, Antonio Manzaneda.

For his part, Juan Carrasco, Head of Sustainability at Deoleo, wanted to emphasize the importance of raising awareness for sustainable olive oil production: “At Deoleo we want to be a benchmark in the sector and lead the way towards sustainable olive oil production,” he said.He also encouraged all farmers to participate in these training sessions. “For us it is essential to continue promoting the sustainable production of such a precious commodity as olive oil in the sector,” he added.

During the presentation of the 2024 program, the first results derived from the soil analysis of the more than 2,000 samples collected in the first months of this European project were reported. “Olive grove soils in Mediterranean areas show clear signs of deterioration in some key indicators, such as the presence of heavy metals, erosion and soil compaction, presence of pesticides and impoverishment of soil organic matter, which can affect crop productivity if appropriate measures are not taken and remediation actions are not carried out”, warned the professor of Ecology at the University of Jaén.

Those attending the event also received a wall calendar published by Deoleo and Soil O-Live, with photographs of olive groves, farmers and technicians from cooperatives and mills, as well as informative phrases on the situation of the olive grove and the dates of the training courses that have been presented for this year 2024.

Soil O-Live Project

Soil O-Live is a project that seeks to inform farmers about the implementation of sustainable practices and improvement of olive grove soils. Formed by 15 academic institutions such as the University of Jaén (UJA), the CSIC or the Spanish Standardization Agency (UNE) and two companies in the olive sector, including Deoleo, the project is part of the Soil Heath and Food Mission of the R&D&I program Horizon Europe (the European Union’s framework program for research and innovation for the period 2021-2027).
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Deoleo

Deoleo is the No. 1 olive oil company in the world, present in more than 70 countries on five continents. It has factories in Spain and Italy and sales offices in 11 countries. Deoleo has leading global brands such as Bertolli – the world’s leading brand – Carapelli and Sasso, as well as the Spanish brands Carbonell, Hojiblanca and Koipe. For more information on Deoleo and its 2030 sustainability strategy, please visit deoleo.com/sustainability.