The Association

Who we are

Save the Olives ONLUS is a non-profit organisation of volunteers tackling the Xylella Fastidiosa epidemic in Apulia, southern Italy. Detached from politics, far from polemics and indifferent to conspiracy ideas, we act together in a millenary landscape trying to concentrate the forces of the interested parties to raise awareness and educate the inhabitants of the attacked territory. We are agronomists, farmers, artists, engineers, students, businessmen and researchers, but above all we are great defenders of our land who believe in a sustainable future for the olive culture.

Association Save the Olives

The operating arm of Save the Olives ONLUS, Associazione Save the Olives, is a non-profit organisation open to all those who, lovers of olive trees and Apulia, wish to make their own small contribution to the preservation of this territory, and to be involved and updated on what is happening about the Xylella issue.

Our goal

Through our efforts, we aim to give hope to the cultural, environmental and economic heritage thatolive trees mean to the Mediterranean culture. In everything we do, we try to put agriculture and research first, measuring our success in our ability to recover diseased olive trees and educate farmers towards a more sustainable management of their land.

We believe in a future in which farmers, aided by the scientific world, will be able to coexist with or defeat the evil that leads olive trees to their death, giving strength to the agricultural economy and the whole world attached to it: such as olive oil mills and extra virgin olive oil distributors.


We try to fight Xylella on two fronts: on the one hand, we aim to raise awareness among a wider public, trying to get more parties and experts to join our cause. This is why we attend conferences and organise public events, always inviting researchers and agronomists to discuss the issue. On the other hand, we try to demonstrate in the field the correlations between good agronomic practices and scientific research innovation. Through a careful combination of the two we will try to tackle the epidemic attack of Xylella Fastidiosa that is destroying Apulian olive groves.

Grafting is a reversible agronomic practice that allows the anatomical-physiological fusion of two individuals belonging to different species or varieties, rootstock and graft, of which the former constitutes the basal part of the plant and the latter the aerial part that allows biological continuity. It has been shown that some varieties of olive trees are more resistant to Xyllella, and therefore grafting on centuries-old olive trees could save them, thus protecting the historical and landscape heritage of Apulia.

Are you interested in contributing to the cause?