They wish to thank Taoufik El Abed, Abdellah Aboudrare, Aziz Fadlaoui, Mufid Khaizaran, Feras Sweid, Bruce Golino, Samir Milli and those attending presentations of this research at ICARDA (Aleppo, Syria) and at OLIVEBIOTECH 2009 (Sfax, Tunisia) for helpful comments and suggestions.
An Elixir for Development? Olive Oil Policies and Poverty Alleviation in the Middle East and North Africa
Article first published online: 5 AUG 2013
© The Authors 2013. Development Policy Review © 2013 Overseas Development Institute.
Development Policy Review
Volume 31, Issue 4, pages 485–506, July 2013
How to Cite
Lybbert, T. J. and Elabed, G. (2013), An Elixir for Development? Olive Oil Policies and Poverty Alleviation in the Middle East and North Africa. Development Policy Review, 31: 485–506. doi: 10.1111/dpr.12016
- Issue published online: 5 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 5 AUG 2013
- first submitted March 2011; final revision accepted July 2012
- Olive oil;
- rural development;
The evolution of olive oil markets has sparked interest in policies that promote olive oil as a means of inducing rural development across the Middle East and North Africa. This article describes policies that link olive oil markets to rural development in Morocco, Syria and Tunisia and evaluate their effectiveness. It uses a framework that combines producer heterogeneity and market differentiation to describe how rural poverty impacts will be shaped by production, quality and marketing constraints. While the flow of olive oil from producers to the market may have increased, that of information and incentives in the reverse direction is still limited, something that too few olive oil policies aim to improve.