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Our Newsletter is back. Take a look at our special edition "CIHEAM in 2017". Learn more about our recent activities : Partnerships, Events, Publications... 

European Union

Participation of the CIHEAM to the informal Meeting of Agriculture Ministers (Malta, 23 of May 2017)

The CIHEAM was invited to present its ACTION PLAN FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN (CAPMED2025) and its activities on water sustainable management and innovation in a context of scaricity and climate change...

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Enhancing International Cooperation in Agriculture in the Mediterranean region (Italy, 20 February 2017)


Organized by the CIHEAM with the participation of Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministers of Agriculture, Roderick Galdes (Malta) and Edmond Panariti (Albania), and the delegations of Italy, Algeria, Egypt and Lebanon, the meeting focused on the necessary enhancement of cooperation in the areas of food and nutrition security, rural development, youth employment and migration issues...

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EU Commissioner Phil Hogan Speech 


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

CIHEAM and FAO discuss new areas of collaboration on South-South cooperation (Belgium, 30 May 2017)

In the margins of  the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development meeting, the DG of  the FAO and the SG of the CIHEAM discussed new areas of collaboration on South-South Cooperation.

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FAO Director-General hails partnership with the CIHEAM (Italy, 23 June 2017)

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva attended the graduation ceremony at the CIHEAM Institute in Bari (Italy) and stressed the need for agriculture and food systems to be transformed in order to face the impacts of climate change and to ensure that the world's natural resources are safeguarded. 

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First global push to stop Red Palm Weevil wiping out palms (Italy, FAO, 29-31 March 2017) 

FAO and CIHEAM co-organized a high-level technical event on the management of the Red Palm Weevil – a destructive pest first detected in South Asia that has since spread to attack more than 40 palm species worldwide with the Mediterranean countries the most at risk.

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Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) 

Strengthening cooperation for a better resilience in the Mediterranean (Spain, 10 July 2017)


The SG of UfM, Fathallah Sijilmassi, and the SG of the CIHEAM, Cosimo Lacirignola, discussed new strategic orientations aimed at strengthening cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The two organizations will continue to work together to advance solutions on issues related to food and nutrition, climate change and women empowerment.

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Developing sustainable value chains (Morocco, 20 April 2017)

Agriculture contributes significantly to Morocco's economy and employs 40% of the country's workforce but the sector continues to face major challenges and important steps need to be taken to make it more sustainable. Working with the private sector to pave the way is of key importance. With this aim, the CIHEAM, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized a forum on sustainable value chains on 20 April 2017, in partnership with the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests

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Proceedings of the 1st Mediterranean Forum for PhD students and young researchers

The CIHEAM launched its First Forum initiative for PhD students and young researchers from the Mediterranean area. The Forum was organized at its Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier with the aim to foster communication, dialogue and co-publications between the various partner institutions conducting scientific research in the field of rural development in Mediterranean countries.

Proceedings, Photos and posters are now online 


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


This FAO-CIHEAM joint publication offers an innovative and prospective approach on the issues of triple waste reduction including agricultural losses, waste of natural resources and waste of knowledge and knowhow.  It provides the keys to understanding and presents solutions for action targeting policy-makers, developmen operators, professionals and researchers.

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Rural Innovation and Digital Revolution in Agriculture


The CIHEAM Watch Letter n°38 wishes to provide a regional Mediterranean overview in terms of innovation in rural areas and the role of ICT in agriculture. This issue is resolutely prospective and rich in the presentation of various experiences in order to contribute to the analysis of the major ongoing agricultural and territorial developments in this strategic area of the world.

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Feeding Knowledge, Energy of life



Feeding Knowledge is a strategic initiative of Expo Milano 2015, the Universal Exhibition hosted by Italy , whose claim was "Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life". The Programme has been developed, co-funded and implemented between 2012 and 2015 by the CIHEAM and Politecnico of Milano ..

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The 11th meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture of the CIHEAM member States took place in Tirana (Albania) on the 22 of September 2016. The meeting enabled discussions on migration from the perspective 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 sharing of knowledge in the region, to manage natural resources, to improve sustainable agriculture and food and to contribute to a better Mediterranean inclusive development.

More details: http://www.ministerial2016.ciheam.org/


Follow up in 2017-2018

Platform for Dialogue on Drivers of Rural Migration

One of the main outcomes of the ministerial meeting has been the establishment of a high-level multisectoral platform on issues related to migrations and agriculture, food and rural challenges, aiming to encourage dialogue, to share knowledge and best practices and to give impetus to studies, training sessions and technical assistance. Awareness raising, research and studies, expert training, sharing of experience and development of specific programmes shall be the main activities of this platform on the rural and agricultural dimension of migration in the Mediterranean area.

The CIHEAM and the French Agency for Development (AFD) will publish in 2018 a joint report on these important issues and working meetings will be organized with different stakeholders. 



  • 139th Governing Board Meeting of the CIHEAM, Paris, 12-13 December 2017
  • The 12thMeeting of the Ministers of Agriculture of the CIHEAM's member countries, Tunisia, 2018 


GFCM Working Group on Small-Scale and Recreational Fisheries, FAO, Rome, Italy, 12-13 September 2017

South South Partnership for Food & Nutritional Security Meeting organized by ICARDA, Beyrouth, Lebanon, 13-14 September 2017

G7 Ministerial Meeting Agriculture, Bergamo, Italy, 14-15 October 2017

41st Session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, Budva, Montenegro, 16-20 October 2017

COP23, Bonn, Germany, 6-17 November 2017

European conference on Xylella fastidiosa: finding answers to a global problem, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 13-15 November 2017

"4 pour 1000" Meeting, Bonn, Germany, 16 November 2017

XIV North Africa Business Development Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 22 November 2017

Mediterranean Dialogues 2017 "Pre-Med Meeting: Water and Marine Resources for the Mediterranean, Youth and Innovation" Rome, Italy, 30 November 2017



Book iReMMO 2017 "Crisis & Resilience in the Mediterranean. Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources" (Autumn 2017)

This book analyses the potential of agriculture as a tool for resilience to the multiple crises (socio-economic, climatic, wars, migrations ...) that affect the Mediterranean. The scarcity of natural resources and food remain at the heart of the debate of the 21st century (articles in French and English).

iReMMO publications

Watch Letter 39 "Animal Health and Livestock. Mediterranean Perspectives" (Autumn 2017)

This Watch Letter is aimed at recalling the fact that animal health concerns all Mediterranean consumers and the related challenges. This issue is a collection of testimonies and studies on the state of animal health in the Mediterranean, its future challenges and the possible solutions to strengthen regional cooperation. The WL39 includes analyses by specialists of different nationalities, with different profiles and experiences.

CIHEAM Watch Letters 




  • Read the CIHEAM Press Review (Euro-Mediterranean News on Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Environment)





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