FAO, EBRD and CIHEAM organised a forum in Tirana on sustainable agri-food value chains and inclusive agribusiness in the Mediterranean region on 21 September 2016 in the Albanian capital, Tirana in close collaboration with Albania’s Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration (MARDWA).
Mr Claude Bernhard, Director of AGREENIUM (French Institute for Agricultural, Forestry, and Veterinary Sciences) and Mr Cosimo Lacirignola, the Secretary General of the CIHEAM signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to strengthen their joint activities in the Mediterranean. This partnership is aimed at addressing food security issues, boosting sustainable agriculture and agroecology, the preservation of natural resources and strenghtening rural inclusion systems.
Held in Antalya on the 30 and 31 May, the 136th CIHEAM Governing Board unanimously elected Mr Cosimo Lacirignola, the candidate proposed by the Italian authorities, as Secretary General of CIHEAM. Mr Cosimo Lacirignola will take up office on the 1 January 2017, after an interim period.
The 136th Meeting of the CIHEAM Governing Board took place during the International EXPO 2016 in Antalya, on 30 and 31 May 2016. The Governing Board welcomed the development of several activities based on the CIHEAM Strategic Agenda 2025 and stressed the importance of the next Ministerial meeting of Agriculture of the 13 Member States to be held in Tirana (Albania) on 22 September 2016. During the meeting, Mr Cosimo Lacirignola, was unanimously elected as Secretary General for a period of 4 years.
The Conference “Planting the seeds of sustainability: from production to consumption in the Near East and North Africa Region,” was held in Rome, during the 33rd session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East and was co-hosted by FAO and the CIHEAM. This event brought together senior officers from the member countries in the region, as well as representatives from observer countries, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector to discuss how to integrate production and consumption more effectively to better support the countries’ efforts to achieve greater food security.
Mr Akef Zu’bi, Minister of Agriculture of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Mr Cosimo Lacirignola, Secretary General of the CIHEAM, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide a long time framework for cooperation on agricultural, food security and rural development issues.
Mr Sid Ahmed Ferroukhi, Algerian Minister of Agriculture and Mr Masum Burak, President of the CIHEAM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their cooperation around major issues related to agriculture and fishing, including food safety and nutrition, sustainable and inclusive development and youth training. This agreement was signed on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the accession of Algeria to the CIHEAM. Algeria is a Member State since 1986.
During its 133rd meeting in Cairo on 26th March 2015, the Governing Board, composed of delegates of its 13 member countries, has elected Pr Masum Burak (Turkey) as its new President of the Board. His four-year term starts on 1 April 2015, succeeding that of Pr Adel El-Beltagy (Egypt). Pr Masum Burak is the General Director of Agricultural Research and Policies at the Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock.