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@iamb community Newsletter Excerpt of the interview w ith CIHEAM -MAIB Director “Agriculture plays a decisive role in the crises of Mediterranean countries” “….Lacirignola crossed the Mediterranean in width and length for years, bearing the message of cooperation in agriculture, with initiatives of excellence. At the same time, the IAM of Bari was attended by thousands of Mediterranean agronomists, who followed advanced and especially targeted courses of specialisation to deal with needs of agriculture in their various countries of origin. The courses constituted the victory of the transfer of knowledge over linguistic, cultural and religious barriers.”

Summer sentence “ “...Unity in diversity, diversity in the unity: we all have different background, but share same objectives...”

Mr. Lacirignola, the Mediterranean today is fraught with uneasiness, which creates uncertainty in situations that have been consolidated over time. Does agriculture play a role in what happening? “It plays a deceive role. Sixty percent of the population along the southern coast of the Mediterranean lives in rural environments and derives its livelihood from agriculture. And agriculture has come to a standstill there for a variety of reasons, primarily due to a lack of adequate resources. Migratory flows come primarily from this part of the world. Europe should be more incisive and positive on Mediterranean agriculture as our policies of partnership all hinge on this sector. If we do not resume travelling this road, Europe will pay a price in terms of political stability and migratory flows that are not easy to control. The effects of the international crisis in Mediterranean farmlands is intermingled with the effects of intellectual unemployment in the cities: this is an explosive mixture if it is not governed and if solutions and outlets are not found. In Tunisia, 56 percent of the young people with university degrees are unemployed, and the figure is 60 percent in Egypt”. How would you consider the events in Tunisia? “ The new prospects have opened up. I am moderately optimistic. Tunisia is a traditionally moderate country. It entertains close relations with Europe. The country can now develop its own model of democracy and it could be an example for other countries. The vents in Tunisia took place in an extremely rapid manner because of the Internet, which is an extraordinarily democratic instrument. The events were a sort of domino effect of a series of negative economic factors that have hindered the development of people and the community in the manner they desire, and so they are rebelling. Europe has also had a negative influence.

In this issue: Europe stopped rowing the boat in the right direction because the crisis obliged authorities to deal with internal emergencies, such as the one in Greece. But it is not Tunisia that concerns us most today; there are more complex situations in the Mediterranean starting from Egypt”. Why is the Union for the Mediterranean at a standstill? “ There are well-known reasons, which are more evident today internationally. But we are aware of an equally important reason that has not been taken into great consideration, which concerns Brussels. The “eurocracy” of Brussels has never accepted the sharp abandonment of the “Barcelona Process”, which had consolidated mechanisms through which initiatives were produced and found financial coverage, and this new course imposed by the French presidency was not sufficiently developed in the rest of the community. Heads of government agreed, but the necessary technical and bureaucratic apparatus was not ready to take action behind them. We are playing the consequences today, because this had led to near-paralysis of initiatives”.

Source: Felice A., 2011. The interview. Green Med Journal. The Mediterranean Fresh Produce Magazine. V. 01/11 , p. 9-10.

Interview with the Director

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Country focus: Egypt

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Follow-up survey findings

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Latest News/ Upcoming events

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Latest publications CIHEAM-MAIB

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Education/Training Closing ceremony academic year 2010-2011 On Friday, June 24 2011, the first part of 2010-2011 master courses at CIHEAM Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari was officially closed with an awards ceremony. During this first part of the academic year (which started on November 2010), 93 students from 20 countries and 4 geographical areas ( 73% from South Mediterranean and Middle East countries) arrived at MAIB campus (Fig.1 & 2) and various Education/Training activities were achieved: 13 students completed the first-year Master course program on L&W 13 students completed the first-year Master course program on IPM 14 students completed the first-year Master course program on MOA and 15 students completed the advanced course program on SA

Fig. 1: Students distribution by geographical and regional area

Furthermore, 39 students from the three first-year Master courses took their final exams before an International examination board, which resulted in: 24 Cum maxima laude diplomas, 15 Cum laude diplomas. Speeches were given by Mr. Cosimo Lacirignola, MAIB Director, Prof. Ben Mechlia (INAT, Tunisia) and Prof. Raymond Yokomi (USDA, California). They emphasized the course organization as well as the good results achieved by students. After announcing the graduated students, awards were granted to the best students of each course. The 2010-2011 awardees for their excellent results (Cum maxima laude) are: Raddah Faiรงal (L&W, Morocco), Moujahed Rihem (IPM, Tunisia), Azzi Loubna (MOA, Morocco) and Bekele Mahlet (SA, Ethiopia). The ceremony was followed by the traditional gala lunch in MAIB garden.

Fig.2: Students distribution by country (n=93)

Students Cremeony Video linkography: IPM 2010-2011 Master IAMB 2009-2010 L&W 2008-2009 MOA 2008-2009

Academic year 2011-2012 (Consult our website) Master of science courses: Land and Water Resources Management (L&W) Link Integrated Pest Management of Mediterranean fruits trees species (IPM) Link Mediterranean Organic Agriculture (MOA) Link

Advanced specialised course: Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) Link

For more information please contact:

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Research, Cooperation and Networking Coordination of Agricultural Research in the Mediterranean Area “ARIMNet” The ARIMNet Project (Agricultural Research In the Mediterranean Network), funded by the European Union, aims at coordinating National Agricultural Research Programmes to strengthen the capacities of its members to address in a coordinated way the major challenges that the Mediterranean agriculture is facing. In this perspective, ARIMNet is lauching a call for joint transnational research, based on funds from 12 participating countries from the northern, eastern and southern part of the Mediterranean Basin learn more ...... Official ARIMNet JOINT CALL FOR TRANSNATIONAL RESEARCH PROPOSALS

Announcement of ARIMNet Call LINK The call is fitted for large projects involving several partners from different countries. Based on a common virtual pot of around 7 million Euros, we expect to finance from 8 to 13 projects. Call Topics

1- Production systems and their components: Developing sustainable agricultural production in a context of increasing ecological and climatic stresses a) Resilience, rusticity, flexibility of the production systems; b) Improving the economic and environmental efficiency of production systems, agroecology; c) Integrated approaches to reduce endemic and emerging animal and plant diseases; d) Sustainable management of pastoral and rangeland farming; e) Water saving techniques, reduction of chemical inputs, soil protection; f) Agricultural and agro‐environmental policies design.

2- Food chain from production to distribution: Enhancing the advantages of Mediterranean agriculture in developing products with high added value a) Production and processing technologies; b) Marketing, supply chain organization, transportation; c) Food safety; d) Quality standards, labelling, geographical indications; e) Reducing post harvest losses; f) Incentives for innovation, private and public investments.

3- Landscape and resources uses for agricultural and environmental purposes: Sustainable management of land and natural resources

a) Spatial aspects of agricultural use of natural resources, b) Agro‐ecosystems and landscape mosaics; c) Periurban and urban agriculture; d) Relationship between coastal areas and hinterland; e) Land property and land structures; f) Agricultural, environmental and rural development policies.

Application procedure The call is published officially the 20th of June 2011. Proposals should be submitted before the 25th September of 2011 via Electronic Submission System (ESS). http://arimnet.eracall.eu The research projects have to fit with one or several subtopics covered by the call. They have to associate partners from at least 3 countries of ARIMNet from which at least one from the 6 members of the European Union and one of the 6 South and Eastern Mediterranean countries. The list of countries and contact persons, the amount available for this call and the guidelines for applicants are available on the ESS website and are also enclosed in the links below Guidelines for Applicants How to submit LINK

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Land and Water Resources Management Division lamaddalena@iamb.it

COOPERATION PROJECT Title

Conceptual, Methodological Aspects and Tools for Irrigation Systems Auditing (PISEAU II)

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Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs-DGCS

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Specific objectives

1- CIHEAM- Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, Italy 2- IRESA/INAT- Agricultural Institute for Research and Higher Education/ National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia To train the technicians responsible of the irrigation services at the public administrations, in the different regions of the country

To realise and update a conceptual methodology for irrigation systems analysis; To develop adequate tools for controllers, enabling them to undertake diagnostic studies respecting the water law; To ensure and adequate and continuous training to the controllers-trainers; To elaborate a data base for farmers associations (GIC*), to reinforce their operations skills and the work, with the daily control of the water re source and the users; To install on complex irrigation systems, for experimental purposes, a network for hydraulic parameters measuring and transmitting (from the dam to the delivery outlet), for acquiring a chronological and reliable data set, necessary for a rational management of the water *: Groupes d’Intérêt Collectif

Expected Results

Acquiring of competencies in the methodologies for analysis and control of irrigation systems; Training of 23 irrigation systems Controllers/Trainers; Realisation of a thematic data base; Training of 2 engineers guided by the staff of INAT and MAIB, through annual scholarship Interaction with the Italian experience in operation and management of irrigation systems.


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Integrated Pest Management of Mediterranean fruit Tree species Division donghia@iamb.it

Project Responsible: Biagio Di Terlizzi

COOPERATION PROJECT

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Programme de Certification des Plants pour Améliorer la Production Fruitière en Algérie

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2008-2011

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Ministère des Affaires Etrangères Italien -DGCS Ministère de l’Agriculture et de Développement Rural Algérien-MADRA

Partners

1- CIHEAM- Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, IAM-B Project leader – Université de Bari-UNIBA – Service Phytosanitaire de Ministère d’Agriculture et des Politiques Agricoles... MiPaaF et de la Région des Pouilles – Conseil National de Recherche CNR /Sièges de Bari et Palermo – Centre de Recherche en Agriculture– Pathologie Végétale CRA-PVA-Roma et Acireale – Centre de Recherche et d’Expérimentation en Agriculture -CRSA – Consortium des Pépiniéristes des Pouilles -CO VIP

2- Ministère de l’Agriculture et de Développement Rural Algérien-MADRA - Institut National de la Protection des Végétaux- INPV - Institut National de l’Arboriculture Fruitière et de la Vigne - ITAFV - Centre National de Contrôle et de Certification des Semences et plants- CNCC

Overall objective

Mettre une modernisation au secteur de l’arboriculture fruitière algérienne pour l’amélioration de la qualité et de la production et créer l’opportunité de revenus pour les opérateurs

Specific objectives

Activation du service de certification des pépiniéristes pour le développement d’une culture fruitière de qualité

Expected Results

Mise à niveau du cadre législatif, harmonisé avec les standards internationaux. Renforcement des services phytosanitaires (DPVCT - INPV), de contrôle et certification (CNCC). Production et conservation des clones dont les caractéristiques phytosanitaires et variétales sont certifiées (ITAFV). Mise en place de structures (Screen house) et parcs a bois pour la production de matériel sain (ITAFV, GSPG et établissements producteurs agrées). Introduction des nouvelles variétés. Assistance technique pour la mise à niveau de l’encadrement technique et des laboratoires (INPV, ITAFV, CNCC) selon les standards internationaux.


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A Call for Action for Sustainability of the Mediterranean Diet These Guidelines comprise the following elements: - features of the Mediterranean diet common to the different Mediterranean food cultures; - steps and measures to safeguard and promote the Mediterranean diet; and - recommendations for multi-sectoral policy instruments to ensure the sustainability of the Mediterranean agro-food systems.

Considering that most current agro-food systems are not sustainable due to loss of biodiversity, natural resources degradation, climate change, high energy input, erosion of the Mediterranean diet, urgent measures are needed to promote and disseminate the concept of “sustainable diets” in the various contexts worldwide, both in industrialized and in developing countries. “...Sustainable diets are those diets with low environmental impacts which contribute to food and nutrition security and to healthy life for present and future generations. Sustainable diets are protective and respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems, culturally acceptable, accessible, economically fair and affordable; nutritionally adequate, safe and healthy; while optimizing natural and human resources.” (International Scientific Symposium on “Biodiversity and Sustainable Diets - United against Hunger”, 3-5 November 2010, FAO-Rome). Based on such a shared definition, the secretariat of the Cross-cutting Initiative on Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition (Convention on Biological Diversity, FAO and Bioiversity International) welcomes CIHEAM’s[1] proposal to collaborate in the organization of the International Workshop to be held in Bari in November 2011 to formulate Guidelines for the Sustainability of the Mediterranean Diet.

The workshop will also identify the characteristics of the Mediterranean diet that can serve as a model for sustainable diets in other ecosystems. The Mediterranean Diet was recognized by UNESCO, in November 2010, as intangible cultural heritage of humanity[2]. On May 26, 2011, the Steering Committee[2] of the International Workshop held its first meeting at CIHEAM-Bari to prepare the program around the following research and action priority areas: - contribution of the Mediterranean diet to biodiversity promotion in Mediterranean agro-food systems; - social and economic sustainability of the Mediterranean diet; - nutrition and health aspects of the Mediterranean diet; - relationship between the Mediterranean diet and traditional knowledge in Mediterranean communities; - environmental impacts of Mediterranean agrofood systems on natural resources in the region, particularly climate change. The Steering Committee invites national and regional governments of the Mediterranean Basin, International Organizations, research institutions, civil society and the private sector to contribute to the success of the workshop.

[1] « … derives from the Greek word “diaita” – way of living – it is a social practice based on “know-how, knowledge, and traditions ranging from the landscape to the table and that concern, in the Mediterranean basin, cultures, harvest, fishery, conservation, preparation, cooking and, in particular, the way of consuming» (http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?lg=en&pg=00011&RL=00394) [2] Barbara BURLINGAME (FAO – Rome), Martina OTTO, (UNEP – Paris), Roberto CAPONE (CIHEAM Bari), Denis LAIRON (FENS – Marseille), Rekia BELHASEN (IUNS – Morocco), Martine PADILLA (CIHEAM – Montpellier), Massimo Iannetta, (ENEA, Rome), Habiba HASSAN-WASSEF, (NRC - Egypt) , Joan Reguant (FDM Barcelona), Sandro DERNINI (FAO Rome), Stefano PADULOSI (Bioversity International - Rome), Xavier MEDINA (ICAF – Europe)


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Country focus: Egypt EGYPT*-ITALY PARTNERSHIP STRENGHTENED BY THE S.P.I.I.E. PROJECT

The S.P.I.I.E. project (Integrated Production Systems between Italy and Egypt) stems from the willingness of building and stabilizing a decentralized institutional cooperation framework through consolidating partnership between Italian regions and central and territorial Egyptian Authorities Read more‌

July 5th, 2011: The final workshop of the S.P.I.I.E. project Italy is confirmed as Egypt’s first European partner in the agro food industry. A contribution came from the S.P.I.I.E project, started in September 2009 by a group of Egyptian and Italian experts, coordinated by the CIHEAM -Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari.

The final workshop of the S.P.I.I.E. project was held in Cairo on July, 5th 2011. The aim of the initiative - funded by eight Italian regions (Basilicata , Calabria , Campania , Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio , Molise , Sicilia and Puglia) headed by Apulia, in collaboration of the Egyptian team of ARC-HRI (Agriculture Research Center-Horticulture Research Institute, both institutions from the Ministry of Agriculture & Land Reclamation -MALR ), having the technical support of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari - has been the restructuring and modernization of the Egyptian fresh produce sector through harmonization of the voluntary and binding rules as well as at improving and increasing quality fruit and vegetable production in Egypt meeting the needs of seasonality and complementarities with Italian production. It is also intended to favour the harmonization of the procedures and protocols between the two countries for transferring and sharing information between the public control bodies of imported and exported goods to facilitate trade activities between Egypt and Italy The project has encouraged the establishment and development of agreements between Egyptian and Italian actors. Besides the Italian Ambassador in Cairo Mr. Claudio Pacifico, the workshop was attended by the Egyptian Minister of Agriculture, Ayman Abou Hadid (pictured) and the the director of he Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (MAIB) Cosimo Lacirignola.

*: Egypt has been CIHEAM member since 1986

Sources : http://www.greenmed.eu/news-1087.html http://www.misrnewsagency.com/main/art.php?id=80&art=9620 http://eg-it-gateway.com/en/home

In his speech, Mr. Cosimo Lacirignola recalled the role played by the MAIB, which in recent years, through training courses and master classes held in Bari has trained more than 400 Egyptians top level managers in the agricultural sector.


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Follow-up survey: findings progress (June 2011) background and objectives Follow-up studies are commonly used by academic Institutions to evaluate and assess the effectiveness of their educational and academic programs. The results of such studies can be used to avoid mistakes and improve performance in the future (Erickson, 1947). Those studies often seek to measure the relationship between the training the students received and the expertise needed for their occupational placement (Randavay, 1990). Moreover , Graham (2001) reported that If Agricultural industries are to survive, the agriculture curriculum must be dynamic and able to adjust to new situations and environment that help to improve on-the-job effectiveness of future graduates. Therefore, the on-going follow-up survey of the Former Trainees of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari attempted mainly to:

Objective one: Updating demographic data … The sample of respondents reached a total of 454 memberships, a 14% increase compared to first data processed in February 2011 (link), and still not equally distributed among women and men (33 % and 67% respectively). The 454 members completed their demographic data and updated their records. The membership rating showed that 25 %, 17% and 27% have post-graduated respectively on Msc courses L&W: ; IPM: and MOA.. Instead 19% ; 13 % and 21% attended specialized advanced courses respectively on SA, FAD and various short courses. The summingup of the percent responding resulted in 122% . The latest value is explained by the fact that of respondents were indentified in more than one course choice. Specifically, 6 respondents of the sample have attended one to two courses (i.e. SA and MOA..) (Fig.1).

1- update the database of the former trainees records and keep in contact with them; 2- ascertain what impact the MAIB Actions (Training, Research and Cooperation) have on their career progress.

Methodology Procedures: The tool used to conducted the follow-up survey is a self-administered questionnaire. It was designed and developed in August-September 2010 and was made available through the surveymonkey website, in English and French languages. More than 1300 former students/trainees, who attended Educational/Training programs at MAI of Bari between the years 1998 and 2010, were invited via email, phone or fax to follow a link which allowed them to complete the questionnaire online. Participation was entirely volunteer and responses were analyzed only in aggregate. Questionnaire structure: The questionnaire used a combination of one and/or multiple choice and open-ended questions, allowing for free text input. It was developed into 2 main sections A: FTN data base updating and B: FTN Follow-up. The two sections are articulated in 6 parts: (1) General information and demographic data; (2) Career progress and further development; (3) Recognition of research excellence; (4) Commercial spin-offs; (5) Scientific outputs and (6) Overall evaluation .

Fig. 1 Source: our elaboration form MAIB’s follow -up survey data

Objective two: Career progress When respondents were asked about the activity of their employer/ organization in relation to their job position 41 %, 19 % and 6% indicated respectively Research, High Education and Industry/private while 34 % mentioned other (i.e. PhD student, freelance, unemployed..etc). Further specifications and data analysis are needed to elucidate whether the current job position of the respondents is correlated or not with their MAIB former Education/training at MAIB (Fig 2).

Findings progress (latest data processing June 2011) Selected findings are presented regarding (a) Membership distribution by attended courses (b) Activity of FT’ employer/organisation (c) Current FT employer Status (d) Location of FT employer.

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Source: our elaboration form MAIB’s follow -up survey


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Follow-up survey : findings progress (June 2011) Selected questions form questionnaire Part 2: What is the legal status of your employer/ organisation? Among the surveyed sample, 65% of respondents indicated that they are working in Public Agricultural Institutions (i.e. Ministry of agricultures). While only 6 % identified the status of their employer as a semi-public. Instead 21 % have their own business or worked in private sector (Fig. 3). It noticed that sum of percent of responding is less than 100. This is explained by the fact that 7 % of respondent skipped to answer this question.

Fig. 3 Source: our elaboration form MAIB’s follow -up survey data

Is your present employer located in your home country? The 91% of surveyed respondents indicated home country as location of their employer. This preliminary findings support the CIHEAM-MAIB mission . And only 9 % are working abroad (i.e USA, Canada , EU..). Motivations of working abroad were various: lack of job opportunities , family reasons (Fig 4). Fig. 4 Source: our elaboration form MAIB’s follow -up survey data

General conclusions and recommendations The 454 respondents felt satisfied overall with MAIB’ experience and with their participation in the follow-up survey study. The total number reached, as a FTN membership, represented a 41 % over 1300 contacted former students/trainees. Additionally the on-going follow-up survey still providing a wealth of extremely valuable and reliable indicators, information, ideas and insights for the MAIB administration. The findings of this study highlight the importance of involving former students/trainees in MAIB’s courses and programs curricula. It is also a valuable technique for providing informative data for MAIB institution which can be utilized in improving various aspects of the current and future programs. A limitations of follow-up studies is the inability to generalized beyond the study population. All recommendations from this on-going research specifically addressed the CIHEAM-Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari Education/Training and Research programs. Finally, continued follow-up studies should be conducted to track curricula changes and determine if those changes are reflected in former trainees’ response.

References Erickson C.E., 1947. A basic text for guidance workers. New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc. Graham L.D. 2001. Are We Preparing the Society Ready Graduate?. 28th Annual national Agricultural Education Research Conference, December 12-2011-P. 269. Randavay S., 1990. A follow-up study of the Doctoral program in Agricultural and Extension Education. Journal of Agricultural


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MAIB Documentation Center l.sisto@iamb.it Publications are available at MAIB Documentation Center NEW M E DIT A M editerranean Journal of Economi c s , Ag r i c u l t u r e a n d Environment Read more... n°02 / 2011

New published book: Read more... If you are interest to have a copy free of charge please sent request email to l.sisto@iamb.it infoftn@iamb.it

SJR indicators for Impact factor learn more

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Research in Organic Ag r i c u l t u r e Ac r o s s t h e Mediterranean Basin….. Read more...

Catalogue

CIHEAM Latest publications

Lettre de veille n° 17: Financement du développement agricole et rural en Méditerranée Note d'analyse n° 63 : Dynamiques agricoles euro-méditerranéennes Revue de presse : Juin 2011 Note d'alerte n° 75 : Tourisme rural à Bouhachem (Maroc)

Watch letter n° 17

: Financing Agricultural and Rural Development in the Mediterranean Analytical Note n° 63 : Euro-Mediterranean Agricultural Dynamics Press Review : June 2011 Briefing note n° 74 : The Cold Chain, food security and Economic Development

Share announcement fo job opportunities FAO iRecruitment Read more Professional Job Read more EU Careers

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International PhD call in Agrobiodiversity at Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies Read more Link Online Call application

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Successful stories MAIB’ Former Trainees Career Progress “Our success is when our former students progress well…”

Mme Sanaa Zebakh Former Master course on L&W academic years 1999-2001

Education/Training Sanaa Zebakh was born in Rabat in 1977, after completing higher education in the Island of Comoros, she graduated as Agricultural Engineer in Horticulture sciences at the Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine (IAV) -Hassan II of Rabat, Morocco. In 2001, she has got a Master’s Degree in Land and Water Management (L&W) at Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari-Italy (CIHEAM-MAIB) discussing a thesis, supervised by Prof. Atef Hamdy and Prof. R. Choukrallah on “Production of two varieties of pepper under saline irrigation in Hydroponic and full ground systems. Receiving award of Merit “Best MAIB’s thesis. The research work directly contributes to test and validate advanced techniques in plant irrigation and nutrition using saline water and comparing different substrates under hydroponic system.

Professional experiences After her MAIB’s study and experience, Mme Zebakh worked at the Ministry of Higher Education, Executive Training and Scientific Research. Direction of Scientific Research and Cooperation, Rabat Morocco as : - Head of the Research & Development Natural Resources Unit 2002-2007 - Head of the Technologies Development Division 2007-2010 - Responsible of the Moroccan National Contact Point on European Framework Program (FP’s) 2004-2010 Her main duties were 1- Managing and fostering high level policy dialogue and EU projects, 2. Implementing and overseeing of a national contact point structure (NCP) endorsing the Moroccan-EU S&T policy dialogue.

In 2010, and during the annual ITWIIN “Associazione Italiana Donne Inventrici ed Innovatrici” Conference & Award, she got AIWECA’s distinction ( Award for an Innovative professional Women in the Euro- Mediterranean Cooperation in Agriculture) .

International Training and Workshop participation Mme Zebakh has been involved in different workshops and activities as scholar visiting and trainee at various International organizations and Institutions worldwide: - Selected participant to the 'Professional Mentoring of Women in Science and Technology' program hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn. USA (2 months , 2009). - Training course on “Sustainable Development “NEBAME”, (3 months) Balkan and Mediterranean Central and local administrations Network, Organized by La Sapienza University- Rome, Italy. - Selected as the Moroccan participant to attend “S&T management Training course for Researchers in OIC countries”, organized by the Academy of sciences, Malaysia, 2005. - Twinning visits to National Contact Points on FP's in Switzerland, Poland and Belgium in 2008. - Nominated as Moroccan young scientist to take part to the first general conference of the WAYS, co-organized by UNESCO, WAYS, TWAS and Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education. At present, she is covering the position of Deputy Director at IAV-Hassan II, Cooperation, Partnership and Development Unit and FP7 National Contact Point for Food Agriculture and Biotechnology.

Contact email: dcpd@iav.ac.ma; sanaa.zebakh@yahoo.com Web site :www.iav.ac.ma


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