AARINENA organized an expert consultation meeting at the Olive tree Institute at Sfax-Tunisia in the period 16-18, February, 2004. The meeting was supported by GFAR, FAO and ICARDA. The meeting approved the establishment of a regional cooperative Network for Olive which was hosted by the Olive Tree Institute at Sfax and recommended strengthening Inter-regional cooperation by establishing linkages with The European System of Cooperative Research Networks in Agriculture (ESCORNEA)
The meeting formed three olive technical working groups as follows:
1. Olive production and Protection group hosted by Egypt.
2. Post-harvest processing technologies hosted by Jordan.
3. Socioeconomic and commercialization group hosted by Morocco.