The Perrotis College Krinos Olive Center is one of the partners of the ENI-MED funded project "ARTOLIO: Profitable and Sustainable artisanal olive oil industry in the Mediterranean" that started in October 2020 and will last for 30 months. The rest of the partners come from Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Cyprus, Spain and France.
In many Meditteranean countries, small farmers in the olive oil sector suffer from similar problems: they own small plots of land and use traditional rain-fed farming, while relying on family manpower in their farming. Given globalization challenges, these enterprises are unprofitable and many olive orchards are abandoned or untended, resulting in unemployment within marginalized communities.
ARTOLIO project is built on an approach which aims to provide an answer to these challenges and evolved from a successful small scale project in Israel, where farmers and mills received, over a period of 2 years, continuous technical/agronomic and business training and hands-on guidance. The project resulted in higher olive yield and oil quality as well as improved management skills which resulted in profitable and more resilient MSMEs.
ARTOLIO aims to scale-up this approach by: