Embassy Sponsors Conference to Combat the Red Palm Weevil

The Chargé kicked off a three-day international conference in Tunis on combating the red palm weevil, a global pest which threatens the country’s date palm orchards.  More than 60,000 Tunisian households depend upon the date harvest for their livelihood, and dates comprise Tunisia’s second most important cash crop, behind olives (making up 12% of the ...
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Tunisian USDA Cochrane Fellows Receive Management Training

From September 18 to October 1, 10 Tunisian U,S, Department of Agriculture Cochrane Fellows received agricultural cooperative management training in Washington, D.C. and Minnesota.  The program, a USDA-University of Minnesota joint venture, gave the Fellows an overview of U.S. cooperative management systems, including government funding and policies.  The Fellows will use what they learned to ...
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U S Forest Service visit to Tunisia

  An October visit to Tunis was the first between the United States Forest Service and the Tunisian Forestry Department, to explore opportunities for collaboration and technical exchange. The two agencies look forward to furthering the collaboration in the areas of forest fire management, rangeland management, eco-tourism and capacity building activities related to these technical ...
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Fighting the Red Palm Weevil — Dr. Mark Hoddle Shares His Expertise

Dr. Mark Hoddle, Entomologist and Director of the Center for Invasive Species Research at the University of California Riverside, shared his experience with Tunisian peer researchers on how the red palm weevil, considered to be the world’s most serious palm pest, was eradicated from Southern California.   Dr. Hoddle highlighted that the success of the ...
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