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Conference 'Organic Cooperation and Research in the Mediterranean' in Italy in October

The Conference 'Organic Cooperation and Research in the Mediterranean' is held by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari MAIB on October 14 and 15, 2009, in Bari.


The workshop is organised in the framework of the project 'Promotion of domestic and international demand for organic products' financed by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies MiPAAF in the framework of the Italian action plan for organic agriculture and coordinated by MAIB, the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari.

The aim of the initiative is to provide opportunities for experts and institutions from the Mediterranean working in the organic agriculture field of research.

The workshop discussion will also be based on the findings of a survey about the state-of-the-art of research activities in organic farming carried out in the Mediterranean countries.

The initiative will produce recommendations outlining the priorities for research on organic agriculture in the Mediterranean countries, along with an electronic database and a related list of researchers and research institutions in the Mediterranean

A questionnaire was sent to MOAN representatives and other institutions, MOAN steering committee members, IFOAM ABM (Mediterranean Regional Group), and is available on thewebsite of the Mediterranean Organic Network which is coordinated by MAIB.

Tentative programme

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


15.30 - 15.45

Welcome address

15.45 – 16.00

Project presentation: Luigi Guarrera (MAIB)

16.00 – 16.15

The research on organic agriculture in the Mediterranean: a survey: Patrizia Pugliese (MAIB)

16.15 – 16.30

16.30 – 18.00

Coffee break

Expert group discussion

(to identify research priorities and needs and to assess the questionnaire outputs and complement them)

Moderator: Ulrich Köpke (University of Bonn)

16.30 – 17.15

Group discussion 1: Agronomic aspects

Rapporteur: Paola Migliorini (IFOAM – ABM)

17.15 – 18.00

Group discussion 2: Socio-economic aspects

Rapporteur: Fabio Maria Santucci (University of Perugia)



Thursday, October 15, 2009


09.00 – 10.10

Presentation of case studies from the Mediterranean Moderator: Lahcen Kenny (IAV - Hassan II)


09.00 – 09.15

Case study 1: Turkey: Uygun Aksoy (Ege University- Turkey)


09.15 – 09.30

Case study 2: Tunisia: Mohamed Ben Kheder (CTAB -Tunisia)


09.30 – 09.45

Case study 3: MAIB experience in cooperation and research in the Mediterranean: Lina Al-Bitar (MAIB)


09.45 – 10.10



10.10 – 10.30

Coffee break


10.30 – 13.00

Research needs and funding opportunities on organic agriculture in the Mediterranean

Moderator: Peter Midmore (Aberystwyth University)


10.30 – 10.45

Presentation of TP organics: Cristina Micheloni (TP organics)


10.45 – 11.00

Presentation of Mira project: Chiara Morini (MAIB)


11.00 – 11.30

Reporting of the group discussion outcomes:

F.M. Santucci e P. Migliorini


11.30 – 12.00



12.00 – 13.00

Round table: Opportunities to fund research in the Mediterranean




More information



  • Dr. Lina Al Bitar, PhD
    Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari
    Organic agriculture sector
    Training coordination
    Via Ceglie, 9
    70010 Valenzano (BA)
    Tel/Fax. +39 080 4606254