MEDITERRA 2016 

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 the 5h of December 2016, by the UNFAO Director General, Mr José Graziano da Silva, and the Secretary Generaf of CIHEAM, Mr. Cosimo Lacirignola, during a side-event of the FAO Council 155th Session, gathering international experts and representatives from many countries of the world.

 

4th Meeting of MED-Amin

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 December 7 and 8, 2016.The MED-Amin network constitutes a discussion forum and an opportunity for information sharing whose purpose is to provide decision-makers with improved transparency and with a better understanding of cereal markets. The name of the network, “MED-Amin” was coined from the Arabic word “Amin” for trust, a concept at the crossroads of CIHEAM’s missions and values. The network participates to the reinforcement of the multilateral dialogue in the Mediterranean area and consequently holds a special position within the priority objectives of the CIHEAM Action Plan for the Mediterranean area (CAPMED2025): Combating knowledge waste, improving food security, enhancing resilience against shocks, notably via the implementation of collaborative systems of crisis management.

At the conclusion of the 4th MED-Amin meeting, a decision was taken to create a working group to cover the progressive implementation of a Mediterranean early warning system on wheat. Addressing the observed increase in shocks in the Mediterranean area (climatic events, market instability, phytosanitary diseases, conflicts…) this scheme, bringing together national operators, CIHEAM, AMIS, and the European Commission, will allow for an improved circulation of information and will facilitate the implementation of concerted operations aimed at better preparedness and 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 Meeting of the Ministers of agriculture of the 13 Member States of CIHEAM took place in Tirana on the 22nd of September 2016. The Meeting focused on the roots causes of distress migration from the point of view of agricultural development and food security. The Tirana Declaration endorsed the CIHEAM Action Plan for the Mediterranean (CAPMED 2025) aiming to increase the share of knowledge in the region, to manage natural resources, to improve sustainable agriculture and food and to contribute to a better Mediterranean inclusive development

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High-Level Forum on Sustainable and Inclusive Agribusiness

Tirana, Albania, 21 September 2016 

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

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

The Forum focused on the Mediterranean region, with a particular emphasis on Albania. The event fostered dialogue between public and private stakeholders while offering an exceptional opportunity to identify areas where investments could boost sustainable agricultural production and trade. Topics included backward linkages between agribusiness and farmers, enabling policy and regulatory frameworks, efficient use of resources, and – generally – responsible agricultural investment practices.

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