INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND PROJECTS
Turkey’s Cooperative Statistics (COOP-IST)
The Project of Developing Turkey’s Cooperative Statistics (COOP-IST) has been developed to maintain sound cooperative statistics in order to understand the real value of the cooperatives in economic, social and cultural areas. In the ILO 19th International Conference of Labor Statisticians of 2013, ILO recommendation 193 was published and ILO has encouraged the member states to improve national statistics on cooperatives with a view to the formulation and implementation of development policies. In this context, Turkey was selected as a model country and the related public and private partners have been determined. The first working group meeting was held on 30 March 2015 in ILO Ankara Office. After that, the project was included into the Official Statistics Program conducted by the Turkish Statistics Institute. With this framework, our strategy is to develop an information system which meets the needs of the Turkish cooperatives as well as conforming to the standards set at the 19th ILO conference.
International Olive Council
|The International Olive Council is the world’s only international intergovernmental organization in the field of olive oil and table olives. It was established in Madrid, Spain, in 1959, under the auspices of the United Nations. The Council is a decisive player in contributing to the sustainable and responsible development of olive growing and it serves as a world forum for discussing|
Policymaking issues and tackling present and future challenges. In recent years, world olive oil and table olives consumption has increased sharply. Furthermore, the olive producers have to change their production mentality and standards from conventional to natural and organic production system. Raising awareness as regards health and demands for organic, natural foods will affect olive production and alter the image of olive oil and table olives in the world trade. There are new opportunities for olive products in line with the rising levels of income and life standards. These developments will lead to increase the demand forolive oil, table olives and create a new market for this product. Within this framework, the International Olive Council (IOC) determines the standards to improve the quality of olive oil and table olives.
Turkey plays a major role in olive production and trading of olive oil and table olives. The Turkish olive market and agriculture sales cooperatives that are the enterprises of olive producers have the potential to hold an important place in the world olive market. To support this vision and encourage the agriculture sales cooperatives involved in olive oil and table olive business, Turkey has been a member of IOC since 2010. Marmabirlik and
Tariş cooperatives and their brands are the indications of olive production and the quality of olive products. In 2014,
Turkey reached the numbers of 168,997 olive trees and 1,768,000 tons (438.000 tons for table olives and 1.330.000 tons for olive oil) of olive production.