Zero Waste in the Mediterranean: Natural Resources, Food and Knowledge

The UNFAO-CIHEAM joint edition of Mediterra entitled « Zero waste for the Mediterranean: Natural resources, Food and Knowledge » was launched in Rome on the 5 of December 2016, by the UNFAO Director General, Mr José Graziano da Silva and the Secretary General of CIHEAM, Mr. Cosimo Lacirignola, during a side-event of the FAO Council 155th Session, bringing together international experts and representatives from across the world.

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UNFAO DG Statement

CIHEAM SG Statement

UNFAO-CIHEAM key messages

Combating Waste of Knowledge in Tunisia


4th MED-Amin Meeting

Cereal markets: The Mediterranean countries gathered in Tunis to improve responsiveness to food security challenges

Tunis, 7 and 8 December 2016


The 4th MED-Amin meeting (Mediterranean Agricultural Information Network) was held in Tunis, upon invitation of the Tunisian authorities, on the 7 and 8 December 2016. MED-Amin is a forum for discussion and the sharing of information aimed at providing decision-makers with improved transparency and a better understanding of cereal markets. The network contributes to the strengthening of multilateral dialogue in the Mediterranean and is therefore among the priority objectives of the CIHEAM Action Plan for the Mediterranean (CAPMED2025): Combating knowledge waste, improving food security, enhancing resilience against shocks, notably via the implementation of collaborative systems of crisis management.

During this 4th MED-Amin meeting, it was decided to set up a working group to consider the establishment of a Mediterranean early warning system on wheat. Faced with the increasing constraints (climatic incidents, market instability, phytosanitary diseases, conflicts…) bringing together national operators, the CIHEAM, AMIS, and the European Commission, this device will allow for an improved flow of information, the implementation of concerted operations aimed at better preparedness and the sustainable management of the different shocks.

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The Tirana Declaration - a Call for action in the Mediterranean

Distress migration: Agriculture and rural development can help

Tirana, Albania, 22 September 2016

At the invitation of the Albanian authorities, the 11th Ministerial meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture of Agriculture of the 13 member States of the CIHEAM took place in Tirana on the 22 September 2016. The meeting focused on the root causes of distress migration from the perspective of agricultural development and food security. The Tirana Declaration endorsed the CIHEAM Action Plan for the Mediterranean (CAPMED 2025) aimed at enhancing knowledge sharing in the region, better management of natural resources, improving sustainable agriculture and food and contributing to better inclusive development in the region.

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High-level Forum on Sustainable and Inclusive Agribusiness

Tirana, Albania, 21 September 2016 

The FAO, the CIHEAM and the EBRD convened high-level policymakers, key players from private sector companies, co-operatives and producer organisations, governments, banks, academics and journalists to raise awareness and increase agricultural investment in the Mediterranean.

Co-chaired by high-level representatives of the three Organisations, the Forum’s objective was to share good practices and elaborate policy messages on sustainable agrifood value chain development.

The Forum focused on the Mediterranean region, with a particular attention given to Albania. The event fostered dialogue between public and private stakeholders while offering an exceptional opportunity to identify areas for investments in sustainable agricultural production and trade. Weak links between agribusiness and farmers, enabling policy and regulatory frameworks, efficient use of resources, and – generally – responsible agricultural investment practices were addressed.

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