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  1. 1. ARIMNet A cooperative network for Agricultural Research in the Mediterranean
  2. 2. A European Project <ul><li>A project supported and funded by the European Commission to demonstrate the feasibility of coordination </li></ul><ul><li>A European project, coordinated by France, larger than Europe including besides 6 EU members, 2 Associated Countries and 4 Mediterranean Partner Countries as full members </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is at stake? <ul><li>To create a community of research by reaching coordination of national programmes in Agricultural Research within the Mediterranean countries to address jointly the common key issues and to better deliver what is expected from it by their peoples </li></ul>
  4. 4. The challenges <ul><li>Food security and food safety </li></ul><ul><li>Climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Natural resources management for a sustainable use (esp. water and soil) </li></ul><ul><li>Use of genetic resources </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging/invasive diseases </li></ul><ul><li>Health and nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Urbanisation and rural development </li></ul>
  5. 5. The context <ul><li>Agriculture and agro-food industry and their markets are a major component of the economic and social activity in the Mediterranean area </li></ul><ul><li>Three common specificities: climate, vegetation , a unique biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>But… </li></ul><ul><li>Problems are global, research systems to address them are local </li></ul><ul><li>Weak coordination at the European level and scattered cooperation policies in the Mediterranean </li></ul>
  6. 6. How to contribute to respond to the challenges? <ul><li>ARIMNet project aims to changing this context in fostering our capacity to reach a stronger and efficient cooperation through three major achievements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better coordination of national agricultural research programmes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In depth and durable cooperation between ARIMNet partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elaboration of a shared vision on agricultural research priorities in the Mediterranean </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. ARIMNet in brief <ul><li>ARIMNet is organised in 4 steps: </li></ul><ul><li>A better and shared knowledge of ongoing programmes including capacity development programmes (doctoral and post doctoral fellowship schemes, large facilities); Italy and Algeria will be in charge </li></ul>
  8. 8. ARIMNet in brief (2) <ul><li>To identify programmes that are near enough to make feasible the organisation of their convergence. Spain and Turkey will be in charge. The final choice will be made after a conference that will gather the stakeholders. For organising it, AARINENA, should it accept, could be a very useful support. </li></ul>
  9. 9. ARIMNet in brief (3) <ul><li>To organise joint activities, ensuring complementarities between the national programmes. Egypt and Portugal will be in charge. </li></ul><ul><li>To launch an area wide programme on trans national funding. Morocco and Greece will be in charge </li></ul>
  10. 10. ARIMNet in brief (4) <ul><li>The general coordination is under the responsibility of France and Tunisia </li></ul><ul><li>Two major international actors in the area, CIHEAM and ICARDA are associated to ARIMNet </li></ul><ul><li>The kick off meeting of the ARIMNet project will be held in Montpellier (France) on next November 5 </li></ul>
  11. 11. ARIMNet and after <ul><li>ARIMNet is a step in a process that should aim to reach a long term cooperation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To set priorities together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To implement the ad hoc programmes in the area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To provide the distributed but coordinated organisations that will be necessary to address properly the key issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>That is the meaning of our commitment </li></ul>