The fifth meeting of the Mediterranean Agricultural Information Network (MED-Amin) on cereal markets of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) was held in Malta on the 24 and 25 of January 2018 at the invitation of the Maltese authorities and the CIHEAM.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights, Hon. Clint Camilleri, recalled that it was in Malta during their 9th meeting in September 2012, that the Agricultural Ministers of the 13 member States of the CIHEAM had decided to “contribute, in close collaboration with the G20 monitoring group, to the development of a market information system for the Mediterranean countries linked to AMIS (Agricultural Market Information System) and to share information on the struggle against price volatility in agricultural markets”. The Ministers had asked the CIHEAM itself “to support Mediterranean countries in developing, in close collaboration with the G20 monitoring group, a market information system for Mediterranean countries linked to AMIS, with the collaboration of the FAO, taking advantage of its expertise and specialization in reinforcing the capacity of countries.”
Since its first meeting in January 2014, the network has been developing the mutual understanding of the Mediterranean countries and trying to provide decision-makers with greater transparency on cereal markets by sharing high quality information in order to meet the challenge of food security in the region which counts some of the major importers and exporters of grain.
Co-organised by the Maltese authorities and the CIHEAM, part of the works of this meeting focused on the intervention of the private sector in the cereals industry in the different countries of the network and agreed on the interest of engaging in a constructive dialogue with some actors of the private sector in order to enhance the works of the network and to further share its progress.
In addition, supported by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and the Secretariat of the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) based at the FAO, the experts from the 13 member States of the CIHEAM pursue the work conducted to harmonise the collected data and cereal assessment methods and on a Mediterranean early warning system.
The next MED-Amin meeting will be held in Morocco, the country taking over the rotating presidency of the network.
MED-Amin is one of the actions of the CAPMED 2025, the Strategic Action Plan of the CIHEAM.
More about MED-Amin Network www.med-amin.org
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