✉ Newsletter December 2017Action Plan for the Mediterranean
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The CIHEAM fully involved to tackle the root causes of rural migrations

The Agriculture Ministers of the G7 Countries, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Economy of the African Union, representatives of the European Union and international organizations such as FAO, OECD, IFAD and the World Food Program met in Bergamo, Italy, on October 14-15, 2017 to address the global challenges of agricultural sector.

In their Final Declaration, the Ministers mentioned the work of the CIHEAM in addressing the root causes of rural migration in the Mediterranean region (Pt.31). The CIHEAM attended the meeting and was represented by its Vice-President, M. Gianni Bonini.


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Change the future of migration in the Mediterranean "Agriculture and Rural Development can help" (Rome, Italy, 16 October 2017)

The Mediterranean is at the heart of the migration. While humankind has been moving for millennia, the phenomenon has intensified over time due to population growth, increased inequality, globalization, frequent conflicts and national disasters. In the face of these multiple and interdependent challenges, agriculture seems to provide keys for better understanding, but also for action. It is important to consider the role of agriculture and rural development in preventing the exodus to cities, but also to address some of the challenges posed by migration.

Read the article "Rural Migration: Agriculture and Inclusive Development for a Resilient Mediterranean"  by Cosimo Lacirignola, Secretary General of the CIHEAM


COP 23 and the "4 per 1000" initiative (Bonn, Germany, 16 November 2017) 

Long-time committed to the search for solutions to climate change through the development of agricultural best practices, the CIHEAM participates in this Day devoted to the "4 per 1000 initiative: soils for food security and climate" on the occasion of the COP23 in Bonn on the 16 November 2016. Mr Mohammed Sadiki, Vice-President of the CIHEAM, recalled the strong commitment of the Organization in the struggle against climate change. among many projects, the CIHEAM presented MARSADEV, a project implemented in Egypt in the field of soil rehabilitation by carbon sequestration in oasis systems.



Strengthening the role of women in society: CIHEAM attends the 4th UfM Ministerial conference (Cairo, Egypt, 27 November 2017) 

Given the pressing challenges faced by the Mediterranean region, this high-level meeting of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) invited parties to give a new impetus to gender equality and to the respect of the rights of women and girls. Gender equality is mainstreamed through all the activities of the CIHEAM. Social and economic empowerment, education and capacity building, enhancement of women's role in the field of poverty reduction and in crises prevention are key items of the CIHEAM Action Plan for the Mediterranean (CAPMED 2025) adopted in 2016.


Water Scarcity: A multi-stakeholder high-level workshop to discuss challenges and opportunities (Rome, Italy, 17 November 2017)  

With the collaboration of the UNFAO and the CIHEAM, ACEA, Italy's National Water, Energy and Environmental Services multi-utility, organized the workshop "Water scarcity in the Mediterranean region: challenges and opportunities". The Vice-Presidents of the CIHEAM, Mr Gianni Bonini and Mr Mohammed Sadiki and the Director of the CIHEAM Institute of Bari, Maurizio Raeli, participated to this strategic workshop in line with the CIHEAM objectives to promote stronger partnerships and cooperation with the private sector actors for Sustainable Development.


G7 Agriculture, Side-Event, Bergamo, 12 october 2017

Organic Farming as a Model for Sustainable Agricultural System

Despite the unpredictability of factors such as climate change, loss of crops and food price volatility (that cannot be controlled by any production model yet) organic agriculture represents the only innovation in the domain of agriculture and food of the last century, based on the rediscovery of an ecosystem approach, socially inclusive and sustainable from an economic and environmental point of view. 

World Food Day 2017: Concert at the Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari, 28 october 2017

Concert for the Earth, organised by the CIHEAM-Bari in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (FARNESINA) and with the support of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) this event celebrating the WORLD FOOD DAY was related to the theme "Changing the Future of Migration, Investing in Food Security and Rural Development". 

Development Cooperation Forum "Water and Marine Resources for the Mediterranean: Youth & Innovation" Rome, 30 November 2017


CIHEAM-Bari attended the 3rd Meeting of Rome Mediterranean Dialogues and participated to PRE-MED Meeting on Water and Marine resources : Youth and Innovation. The objective of the event was to define a "positive agenda" that could give impetus to the cooperation between the two shores of the Mediterranean by triggering new ideas and rethinking traditional approaches to face regional common challenges. In line with this objective the "Pre-Med Meeting" focused on the role of youth and innovation for a growth compatible with the sustainable use of water and marine resources.




H2020 "BeFOre"Project : For a Common protocol for conservation of the olive genetic resources 


The Department of Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology of CIHEAM -Chania participates in the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation project "BeFOre-Establishing common protocol for conservation of the olive genetic resources" under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie framework, since February 2015. www.beforeproject.eu

CIHEAM Montpellier 

Tackling the challenge of food waste in the EU and the regions

Samuel Feret presents the ECOWASTE 4 FOOD project dedicated to supporting eco-innovation to reduce food waste and promote a better resource efficient economy...Watch the video

Agriculture and rural society of the Maghreb countries from 1970 up to now

Maghreb agricultural policies from 1970 to the present day and their impact on rural societies explained and analyzed by Omar Bessaoud, Principal Scientific Administrator at CIHEAM-Montpellier, teacher-researcher in agricultural and rural economics...
Watch the video


Harvesting olives at CIHEAM-Montpellier 

On November 19, the olives were harvested in the olive grove of the CIHEAM-Montpellier institute. The associations "Humus Sapiens Pays d'Oc" and "The little hustlers" framed the harvest in a festive atmosphere imbued with a spirit of solidarity  Watch the Video 


International Encounters of Practitioners in Mediterranean Agro-silvopastoralism (Montpellier and Florac 17-20 October 2017)

The RIAAM meetings were an important moment of discussions and exchanges between actors on the pastoral issues in France and Mediterranean countries. This event broadened the discussion to include other topics such as markets and sectors, public policy, environmental change, knowledge transfer, or territory dynamics for pastoralism.

CIHEAM Zaragoza

Visit of the European Economic and Social Committee

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) visited CIHEAM Institute in Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHEAM). During the visit, members of the EESC's specialized Section on agriculture, rural development and the environment heard first-hand how the CIHEAM-Zaragoza has played a key role for 50 years in preparing the next generation of future leaders in the Mediterranean Agro-food sector.

EESC members discussed with IAMZ's Director Javier Sierra the importance of investing in human capital through education, training and capacity building to improve the productivity of the agro-food sector across the Mediterranean and foster employment. Between 20 and 30% of the active population in Southern Mediterranean countries are employed in agriculture.










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