The meeting mainly centred on the evaluation of the effectiveness (results obtained) and efficiency (rational use of financial resources) of the project activities over the first two years. Another objective was to issue recommendations to improve activities, if necessary and if possible, over the remaining period.
The meeting participants outlined the state of progress of the project over its first two years, including information on the creation of a pilot nursery, the production of top-quality plants, and training and technology dissemination activities. Particular stress was placed on the importance of training, and those responsible for collaborating centres committed themselves to stepping up action in this area and continuing their activities in the upcoming months with a view to:
a. Completing the installation of greenhouses and making them fully operational.
b. Propagating the secondary varieties according to the recommendations set out in the IOC interactive guide on “Olive nursery production and plant production techniques” http://www.internationaloliveoil.org/projects/index.htm .
c. Organising training activities in connection with “field days” focusing on high added value in terms of performance and the quality of the products of secondary varieties that are best adapted to certain environmental conditions (biotic and abiotic factors).State of progress of the IOC project to increase the economic yield of the genetic olive resources,