People use sticks to harvest their olive trees during an olive picking day in the southern village of Hilta, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Lebanon's olive oil is being threatened by political turmoil and economic instability, which has allowed cheaper foreign products to flood the domestic market, a local USAID-funded project said Thursday.The country's tenuous political landscape and security situation has shadowed the production of its rich local organic products, especially olive oil. The project seeks to support local production of extra virgin olive oil in particular.Sami Khairallah, the project's value chain leader, explained how the project sought to build consumer trust in local olive oil step-by-step by focusing on the production process.
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