Euro-Mediterr. Conference on Agriculture - Final declaration

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Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Agriculture


Palermo, 28 November 2014

At the invitation of H.E. Maurizio Martina, the Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies, the Ministers of Agriculture of the European Union Member States, the Mediterranean countries, or their representatives, met in Sicily, in Palermo, on 28 November 2014.

The Ministers and Heads of Delegation,


The first Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Agriculture, which was held in Venice on 27 November 2003, during which the participating 35 countries emphasized that “the increased importance attached by the Community to the needs of sustainable rural development, the preservation of agriculture in less-favoured and mountain areas and the multi-functional nature of agriculture requires the Community to take due account of these topics in its dealings with its Mediterranean partners”;

The Declaration by the World Summit on Food Security, held from 16 to 18 November 2009 at the FAO in Rome, and in particular the commitment by heads of state and government to reverse the fall in national and international funding for agriculture in developing countries, to promote new investments with a view to increasing sustainable agricultural production, to combine their efforts and expertise to launch the Global Partnership for Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition, and take all the necessary measures – also at regional level – to improve food security;

The Action Plan on Food Price Volatility and Agriculture agreed at the Meeting of the G20 Agriculture Ministers held on 22 and 23 June 2011 in Paris addressing the importance of food security and multilateral cooperation on strategic issues for the development and stability of the planet;

The Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Research and Innovation organized by the European Commission in Barcelona in April 2012, calling for a renewed partnership in Research and Innovation that should be based on the principles of co-ownership, mutual interest and shared benefit;

The Final Declaration of the 1st Ministerial Conference of the 5+5 Dialogue on Agriculture which was held in Algiers on 27 November 2013, including the proposal to set up an observatory on food security and nutrition;

The recommendations of the 10th meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture of the 13 CIHEAM member states, which was held in Algiers on 6 February 2014 and the recommendations of the previous CIHEAM ministerial meetings launched in Rome in 1999;

The Declaration of the World Summit on Climate which was held on 23 September 2014 at the United Nations headquarters in New York addressing, in particular, the challenges of sustainability, climate change and innovation;

The conclusions of the second International Conference on Nutrition, held from 19 to 21 November 2014 at the FAO in Rome reaffirming the commitments to act more decisively to combat malnutrition;

The initiatives undertaken throughout 2014, declared as the International Year of Family Farming, which are mainly focused on the role of young farmers and women in agricultural, food security and rural development, including the conclusions of the Global Forum on Family Farming, which was held on 4-6 March 2014 in Budapest, and also recalling that 2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils;


The progress made since the Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Agriculture held in Venice in 2003 which has contributed to the strengthening of agricultural, food and rural cooperation between European Union Member States and Mediterranean partner countries and to the promotion of the regional dialogue on matters related to this sector crucial for the economies and societies of the Mediterranean basin;

The wide range of youth initiatives promoted by the countries, the European Union (Erasmus, Tempus, EuroMed Youth Programme) or by international organizations (UNESCO, UNICEF, BM, FAO, CIHEAM, etc.), and the general agreement on the important role played by young people for the future of the Mediterranean;

The cooperation activities carried out by CIHEAM in the field of education, research, networking of decision makers and experts, and technical assistance for the development of agriculture, regions and food security;

Ongoing work in the Mediterranean Basin, as regards the implementation of: (i) MED Amin, to enhance transparency in the Mediterranean cereals market, (ii) the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and (iii) the PRIMA Initiative (Partnership in Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area) about research on the Mediterranean food systems;

ERA-NET/ERA-NET PLUS initiatives launched by the European Union as a follow-up to the conclusions of the "Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Research and Innovation" held in Barcelona in 2012, with a view to contributing to the preparation of a long-lasting and sustainable coordination mechanism between the European Union, its Member States and the Mediterranean Countries;

The active role of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) in ensuring the long-term sustainability of living marine resources, sustainable development of aquaculture and protection of sensitive habitats ;

The role played by the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA), in launching the dialogue among young farmers between the two chores of Mediterranean;


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Source: MIPAAF (Italian Ministry for Agriculture, Food & Forestry Policies), November 28, 2014 ... agina/8180

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