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The French National Research Agency (ANR) has selected Agropolis International to coordinate, from January 2010, a forward-thinking workshop (Atelier de Réflexion Prospective) on the theme ‘What researches and what partnerships for the Mediterranean?’




Joint programming is a concept introduced by the European Commission in July 2008 and is one of five initiatives aimed at implementing the European Research Area (ERA).
The objective of Joint Programming is to "increase the value of relevant national and EU R&D funding by concerted and joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research programmes".
In Joint Programming, Member States are expected to coordinate national research activities, group resources, benefit from complementarities and develop common research agendas, in order to face grand societal challenges. Joint Programming intends to tackle the challenges that cannot be solved solely on the national level and allows Member States to participate in those joint initiatives where it seems useful for them



The Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa (AARINENA) was established in 1985 to strengthen cooperation among national, regional and international research institutions and centres through the dissemination and exchange of information, experiences and research results.

Its mission is to contribute to the enhancement of agricultural and rural development in the WANA Region


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. We help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Since our founding in 1945, we have focused special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world's poor and hungry people.

The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) is a stakeholder-led initiative that serves as a neutral forum for discussion and action on critical issues related to agricultural research for development (ARD). GFAR was formally established in 1996 by an agreement among stakeholders of agricultural research, as an initiative to promote cost-effective partnerships and strategic alliances in agricultural research and innovation.


Four main strategic objectives form the base for all of the activities carried out by Plan Bleu:

1. To continuously identify, collect and process environmental, economic and social information that could be useful for the decision-makers and other players.

2. To assess the interaction between the environment and economic and social development in order to measure the progress made towards sustainable development.

3. To carry out analyses and prospective studies to help to construct future prospects and to strengthen decision-making.

4. To distribute and communicate the products and results in a way adapted to those for whom it is intended.

Réseau Méditerranéen de l'Elevage

Institut de la Méditerranée

L'objectif général de l'Institut de la Méditerranée est d'offrir à ses membres fondateurs un instrument d'analyse, d'expertise et de montage de projets sur la grande région euro-méditerranéenne. Par ses travaux et ses initiatives, l'Institut s'est positionné comme l'un des acteurs incontournables du processus de coopération euro-méditerranéen. Les différentes activités de l'Institut s'organisent autour de deux grandes fonctions complémentaires : la fonction influence et la fonction d'identification et de suivi des projets pour les membres fondateurs.

Les deux activités d'influence et de projet sont fortement complémentaires dans la mesure où les projets incarnent de façon visible l'influence et s'inscrivent dans la mission générale pour l'Institut de faire de ses membres des acteurs incontournables de la construction de la grande région euro-méditerranéenne.

L'Europe et la Méditerranée:

The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, formerly known as the Barcelona Process, was re-launched in 2008 as the Union for the Mediterranean at the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean in July, with the new network of relations endorsed at the Marseille Meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Ministers of Foreign Affairs  in November. The Partnership now includes all 27 member states of the European Union, along with 16 partners across the Southern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

This re-launching aimed to infuse a new vitality into the Partnership and to raise the political level of the strategic relationship between the EU and its southern neighbours. While maintaining the acquis of its predecessor, the Barcelona Process, the Union for the Mediterranean offers more balanced governance, increased visibility to its citizens and a commitment to tangible, regional and trans-national projects.

Some of the most important innovations of the Union for the Mediterranean include the a rotating co-presidency with one EU president and one president representing the Mediterranean partners, and a Secretariat based in Barcelona that is responsible for identifying and promoting projects of regional, sub-regional and transnational value across different sectors.

The Union for the Mediterranean has also identified six priority projects which are at the heart of the of Partnership’s efforts, including projects for:  

  • the de-pollution of the Mediterranean Sea;
  • the establishment of maritime and land highways;
  • civil protection initiatives to combat natural and man-made disasters;
  • a Mediterranean solar energy plan;
  • the inauguration of the Euro-Mediterranean University in Slovenia;
  • and the Mediterranean Business Development Initiative focusing on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

EIARD facilitates the coordination of European policy and support for Agricultural Research for Development (ARD).



MIRA Coordination Action: Fostering the European Union-Mediterranean Partner Countries (EU-MPC) Innovation and Science & Technology Communities of Practice

Sustainable water use securing food production in dry areas of the Mediterranean region (EU project)

The strategic objective of the SWUP-MED project is:

Improve food production by introducing climate-proof varieties in crop rotations of wheat, grain legumes and new crops (potentially high value food cash crops), in a rainfed system with supplemental deficit irrigation using marginal-quality water and harvested rainwater. This will accelerate adoption of improved agricultural practices supporting small farmers’ livelihood and income levels.



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