If you are interested in agriculture, food production, food security, global trade, or just love seeing the world, come visit Tunisia. Located in North Africa, Tunisia is a country rich in history, culture, people, and has a very unique agricultural and food sector.
Tunisia is one of the world’s largest exporters of high quality olive oil, as well as dates, olives, and citrus fruits, and horticultural products like tomatoes, melons, artichokes, almonds, grapes, and wine.
Tunisia imports a lot of grain and grain co-products that we produce in the U.S. Iowa corn, DDGS, and soybean meal finds its way to the ports in Tunisia that serve the dairy and poultry industry. It will be a great opportunity to get first-hand knowledge of the global grain trade as we visit grain receiving facilities on the Mediterranean Sea.
We will visit many different agricultural sites like open water fish farms, poultry broiler and layer operations, olive, date and citrus groves, and dairy and beef cattle lots. We will also visit food processing plants like flour mills, olive oil production, feed mills, and learn how they operate.
Visits will also include the new Middle East and African Feed Manufacturing Training Center that Iowa State is a partner with, the National Institute of Agriculture where the training center is located, and the U.S. Grains Council Middle East and Africa Office.