FAO agronomist examining olive trees on one of a hundred plots controlled by the Agricultural Research Institute for Olive Culture at Tyre, south Lebanon. The centre has been improving production by rejuvenating old olive trees by pruning and encouraging new growth from the root. Eventually, the old tree will be cut down once the new growth is mature enough. - - Improvement and Development of Olive Culture in South Lebanon: LEB/91/002. This project is financed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is implemented by the Government of Lebanon and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It aims to rapidly expand olive production and culture; to market more olives and olive oil to meet the growing needs of the consumers; and to increase revenue and improve the lifestyle of the olive producers.
FAO has been involved in the recruitment and training of local and international personnel, buying of equipment, and in setting up pilot plots of land and administrative centres.