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Spring 2011

Issue 1 March-April 2011

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Letter from CIHEAM-MAIB Director Spring sentence For almost 50 years, trainees in CIHEAM -MAIB Education/Training programmes have played a significant role in defining and shaping the mission of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari .

“ Dissemination of peace in the Mediterranean region”

I have been fortunate to meet many students since my commitment as Director in 1988. Although former trainees undertake very different careers the world over, I am always struck by the sense of community, peace dissemination and goodwill they all share. CIHEAM-MAIB was established in 1962 and over the last fifty years more than 10000 students and experts have post-graduated and/or attended training courses. Therefore CIHEAM-MAIB is now a regional reference point for both Education/ Training and Research; a degree from CIHEAM-MAIB represents an outstanding achievement. CIHEAM-MAIB seeks mutually supportive life-long relationships with the global community of its past and present graduates. In order to develop and strengthen these relationships, CIHEAM-MAIB set up the Former Trainees Network (FTN) to ensure that alumni are well-informed about the latest developments of our activities and to facilitate links and mutual contacts.

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We have designed the FTN to get in touch with you and to build a CIHEAMMAIB community. If you wish to join us, please follow the instructions. On these online pages you can update your records, subscribe to FTN Newsletter, and register to FTN Forum, receive news from CIHEAM-MAIB and your old friends, your classmates and much more.

Letter from the Director

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If your experience at CIHEAM-MAIB had a positive impact on your life, please get involved in CIHEAM-MAIB life. And help us improving our role in educating future generations of students. You are our finest ambassadors, the very people whose future we have helped to shape.

Cooperation/ Networking

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Special news/ Country focus

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Follow-up survey outcomes

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Latest News/ Upcoming events

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We also want to set up alumni relations programmes which might be responsive to the evolving needs of alumni in each stage of your lives. I am looking forward to hearing from you. Cosimo Lacirignola Director of CIHEAM-MAI of Bari Write a message to the Director

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Education/Training (oliant@iamb.it)

The course is addressed to 25 mid-career professionals

Type of courses : Online For more information please contact:

infofad@iamb.it

Course features Language: Arabic Period: 2 May - 17 July 2011 Duration: 2.5 months Application: closed Applicants from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria are eligible.

AGRICULTURAL POLICIES: INSTITUTIONS, TOOLS AND EVALUATION The course is addressed to 15 mid-career professionals

Course features Language: French Period: 1 September - 31 October 2011 Duration: 2 months Application deadline: 15 August 2011 Applicants from Morocco and Tunisia are eligible

ADVANCES IN ORGANIC FARMING IN MEDITERRANEAN AND BALKAN AREA

Type of course : Blended E-Learning Application: closed

The objective of this course is to make professionals familiarize with the latest insights, context and concepts of Mediterranean Organic Agriculture. The course includes three phases: the first involves face-to -face training at MAIB, the second is carried out remotely (once to their home countries,

participants attend the online course) and the third phase is a face-toface follow up course held at MAIB Course features Language: English Period: 28 February–2 October 2011 Duration: 7 months

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

Deadline: 15 June 2011 Advanced specialised course: Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) Link

For more information please contact: didattica@iamb.it


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Research (segretariato@iamb.it) In the last ten years, 370 MAIB students, mainly from the Mediterranean and Balkan area, have drawn up their Master and PhD theses. In the years 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2008, four theses were given the Best CIHEAM Master of Science Thesis Award. During the same lapse of time, 75 MAIB researchers have developed over 18 thematic areas including 46 lines of research. The flattering results of their work are a patent, 670 scientific works of which 11 books and 175 research publications in international journals.

“Problem-solving for common and peculiar problems of the Mediterranean region�

However, MAIB action goes far beyond the mere scientific research since its main objective is the transfer of knowledge through education, training and cooperation. Research is also carried out and financed through research and cooperation projects. Two-hundred institutions team up on some 120 projects implemented by MAIB. The publication of this text provides MAIB with the opportunity to appraise the research strategy developed by the teams of researchers, and to explore the consistency of results and orientations with the three missions of the Institute, namely research, education and training, and cooperation. It is therefore a collective work in which authors keep their original features thereby conveying diversity and abundance of information.

Read more: Link The scientific research at CIHEAMMediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari 2000-2009

Best 2009 CIHE AM Master of Science aw ard to MAIB Theses Water allocation strategies under scarcity and specific socio-economic and environmental conditions in the Central Jordan Valley Link Cinnamon plant extracts: a comprehensive physico-chemical and biological study for its potential use as a biopesticide Link MAIB Master thesis catalogue (from 1989-1990) Link


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Cooperation and Networking (diterlizzi@iamb.it) Cooperation PESCAMED

GEWAMED

“A shared Policy for Sustainable

Mainstreaming Gender Dimensions Into Water Resources Development and Management In The Mediterranean Region" (GEWAMED). Read more …

Fishing in the Mediterranean Sea” Read more...

Networking L&W Division AQUASTRESS Mitigation of Water stress... Learn more….. WASAMED International Water Saving….... Learn more... WASSERMed Water Availability and Security Learn more…

MAIB coordinates several Research Networks creating permanent links among Mediterranean Institutions

IPM Division MNCC : Mediterranean Network Research on Certification of Citrus MNGC : Epidemiology of grapevine cluster-like viruses MNO : Mediterranean Network on Olive Certification

MOA Division MOAN: Mediterranean Organic Agriculture Network Learn more...


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“ Special News Country Focus ”

For his commitment for Lebanon’s progress in agriculture, Cosimo Lacirignola, Director of the CIHEAM-Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM-MAIB), was honoured Commander of the National Order of the Cedar

The President of the Republic of Lebanon*, H.E. General Michel Sleiman, conferred the honour of Commander of the National Order of the Cedar to Dr. Cosimo Lacirignola on Friday 21 January in Lebanon. Over the years, in addition to post-graduate education/training programmes, the CIHEAM-MAIB has implemented in Lebanon several networking and research projects on Rural Development in the Bekaa Valley (region of Baalbeck-Hermel) and on the Production and Supply of certified plant material. MAIB has also created measures of support to rural areas and communities (TerCom) as well as the National Observatory for Women in Agriculture (NOWARA) and the social and economic support for olive producers’ families in marginal regions (Oil Lebanon). Recently, in June 2010, MAIB also signed in Bari a Memorandum of Understanding with the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture , represented by the Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan, with the aim of developing activities in support of the Lebanese agriculture, so as to further strengthen the existing relations of cooperation between Lebanon and CIHEAM-MAIB. In fact, with the signing of the MOU, the Lebanese ministry and MAIB are committed to promoting cooperation activities in strategic agricultural sectors to improve quality production, to transfer knowhow on appropriate and advanced techniques and to strengthen institutions' activities and the sustainable use of natural resources.

*: Lebanon has been CIHEAM member since 1992


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Follow-up survey: preliminary outcomes driouech@iamb.it In August 2010, We invited you to fill in a follow-up questionnaire. We would like to thank everyone who responded to that invitation. MAIB was delighted with the feedback and response that were excellent. As preliminary result, the survey provided a lot of really valuable data. Therefore, we made a short summary of some aspects of the survey (Latest data processing February, 22nd 2011) .

Introduction and objectives The ongoing follow-up survey of the Former Trainees of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari revealed that MAIB Training/Education programmes were very successful. The survey was mainly conducted to: 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, recognition of MSc diploma, Research excellence and scientific outputs.

Methodology A self-administered questionnaire resulted in 400 valid responses. The questionnaire was made available through the surveymonkey web site and more than 1300 former trainees were invited via email, phone or fax to follow a link (also available at www.iamb.it) which allowed them to complete the questionnaire online. Participation was entirely volunteer and responses were analyzed only in aggregate. The sample of respondents was not equally distributed among women and men (35 % and 65% respectively). 30.7 % of the sample have post-graduated on MOA course, 22 % , 16.3% , 16.3 % and 14.5 % respectively attended L&W, IPM, SARD and Distance Learning programmes. A variety of descriptive statistics, including frequency distributions, cross tabulations and measures of central tendency were used to provide summaries, insights and understanding of the results. So far, analysis of data involves a range of statistical tests including ANOVA and multiple regression analyses, which can be used to investigate whether significant differences were evident between participants who reported an excellent MAIB experience and those who reported a satisfactory MAIB experience.

Preliminary outcomes When respondents were asked to rate their overall degree of satisfaction with MAIB actions (training, research and cooperation) on a 6 point scale, where 1 was a very poor experience and 6 was an excellent experience, 88.4% of respondents expressed a rating of either good or very good to excellent. Instead only 1.6 % of respondents showed a rating of poor to very poor (figure 1). When respondents were asked to rate to what extent did their participation in the MAIB training/ education programme contribute to their career development, on a 5 point scale, where 1 was very little and 5 very much, nearly 76% of respondents reported a rating of either 4 (much) or 5 (very much) (figure 2). The follow-up survey can provide a wealth of extremely valuable and reliable indicators, information, ideas and insights for the MAIB administration. It may, therefore, support and contribute towards planning for the next programme activities.

N. Driouech, L. Sisto and M. Raeli


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Good; 49.2% Fair; 10.0%

88.4%

Excellent; 2.3%

Poor; 1.3%

Very good; 36.9%

Very poor; 0.3%

Figure 1: How would you rate the overall degree of satisfaction with your MAIB experience?

Much; 42.8% Fair; 15.7%

75.9% Very much; 33.1%

Little; 5.5% Very little; 3.0%

Figure 2: Did your participation in the MAIB Training/Education contribute to your career development? Source: our elaboration form MAIB’s follow -up survey data


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Latest news (lapedotas@iamb.it) February 2011

January 2011 Highlights

MAI of Bari The CAP

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is one of the most important policies being a great beneficiary of the budget of European Union. It is envisaged in the Treaty establishing the Community Learn more...

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January 24th- Lebanon Merit to Dr. Lacirignola Read more…. January 31st– Visit to MAIB of the Delegate of Morocco to CIHEAM Board. Pr Sadiki Director of IAV Hassan II...Read more... February 15-18th– Exter UK SDM Training seminar for System Dynamics Modelling Read more...

Upcoming events May 3-5th, 2011- Tunis Tunisia– 2 nd WEAP Regional Conference: Applying a Decision Support System as a Tool for Integrated Water Resources Management and Climate Change

Read more... May 12-15th , 2011- Izmir Turkey- The sole Organic fair in Turkey

Read more... May 18 - 21st, 2011- Amman - Jordan– Jordan’s First Natural and Organic Food Expo Read More...

February 16-19th– Nurnberg– Germany Biofach organic exhibition Read more... March 7-9th – Meknes Morocco: 5ème Edition des “Journées Méditerranéennes de l’Olivier à Meknès” Read more April 1-2nd – CIHEAM-MAI of Bari : Project meetings: “Feeding knowledge: international Network for Research and innovation on food Security” Read more... April 12-15th, 2011 Madrid Spain– International Workshop: “ Using WEAP as decision support system for water resources management and adaptation to climate change” Read more...

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May 22-28 , 2011 -MAICh, Crete, Greece– A School for Future Trainers of Organic Farmers Read more...

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June 6-10 , 2011 Crete, Greece- 12 th International Symposium on Soil and Plant Analysis, Read more... July 3rd-5th , 2011 Pretoria, South Africa- 2nd Regional Conference Young Water Professional, Read

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Miscellaneous Job opportunities Intrachem production company Link is looking for Local collaborators in Morocco. For further info contact: Andrea Braggio + 39 335 5382759 <andrea.braggio@intrachem.com> Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO Employment Open vacancies International Federation Organization of Organic Movement IFOAM Employment Open vacancies

Share announcement for Job opportunities

International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry area ICARDA Employment Open vacancies United Nations (UN) Employment at Convention on Biological Diversity

Selected publications (l.sisto@iamb.it) available at MAIB Documentation Center

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Encyclopaedia on: Water Resources Development and Management in Arid and semi -arid Regions of the Arab World Learn more...


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FORMER TRAINEES NETWORK Following the global challenge and the need for boosting the International cooperation especially in the Mediterranean, CIHEAM became a key reference in the whole region for the promotion of agriculture and food production through its activity in three level: Education/Training, Research and Cooperation. In this regards, We are pleased to inform you that, under the aegis of CIHEAM, the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari is launching the setting up of a formal Network involving its former trainees. This initiative is focusing on the follow-up of formers trainees through strengthening coordination, collaboration and partnership between and among the trainees, their work institutions, their governments and the CIHEAM-MAI of Bari.

Objectives of the Network

Mission

A- Serving as a common space where it is possible to gather information on the Mediterranean cooperation initiatives and inter-regional programmes promoted by MAIB:

FTN is the key volunteer trainees organisation in international higher Agricultural education and research in Mediterranean Basin. We provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of cooperation.

Maintaining a database on existing programmes; Bringing together organizations for inter-regional joint projects in the Mediterranean; Giving information on sources of funding to support inter-regional programmes.

Values and Vision The values of FTN that all members stand and work for are:

B- Increasing public awareness on interregional programmes:

Dissemination of peace: we all need political stability of the area through the dissemination of science of peace .

Supporting and sponsoring inter-regional conferences and workshops;

Unity in diversity, diversity in unity : we all have different backgrounds, but share same objective.

Publishing and disseminating information on training, research and cooperation to foster Mediterranean inter-regional objectives and programmes.

Students helping students : we passionately commit ourselves to volunteering for the benefit of others.

C- Establishing state-wide objectives and acting as advocate for public policies concerning Mediterranean inter-regional programmes. D- Being the point of contact and coordination with other Mediterranean inter-regional coalitions and advocacy groups.

Fun in friendship and respect: we enjoy relations based on respect. International dimension of life: we are openminded, we like to discover and explore, co-operate and interact to break borders. Love for the Mediterranean as area of peace and cultural exchange : we live and benefit from the cultural richness of the Mediterranean to the utmost. Openness with tolerance : we understand and accept others and learn from them. Cooperation in the integration: we share a holistic view towards internationality


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FTN MEMBERSHIP Please note: Membership is restricted to MAIB former trainees You can also contribute by spreading the word about the FTN initiative and encourage your MAIB classmates, colleagues and friends to join FTN by filling in the following online form: Links: A- English version of the follow-up survey B- Version Franรงaise de questionnaire de Suivi

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The @iamb community Newsletter keeps members up-to-date with upcoming events, conferences, news from MAIB activities (Training, Research and Cooperation) and the world of Mediterranean Agricultural Studies and recent publications. It is published quarterly and posted to members in March, June, September and December. FTN Board welcomes contributions from Members and those who have news that might be of interest to FTN Members and MAIB staff (i.e.: Succefull story of a former Trainee). Your feedback and contributions for future FTN newsletter editions will be greatly appreciated. You can email us with your contribution by submitting materials, publications, notice of events news, and documents to :

Here are some indications regarding the format and the content required for the publication of a contribution in the FTN newsletter:

The decision to publish a contribution in the FTN newsletter is at the discretion and responsibility of MAIB

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Please keep your contribution short, relevant and to the point. Please remember to include any names, contact details and website addresses and links to be published in the contribution or information you are submitting Contribution should be informational, and understandable to the general readership The FTN newsletter is mainly published in English

Organizational information Content Editor Noureddin Driouech Istituto Agronomico Mediterraneo CIHEAM-MAI of Bari Via Ceglie, 9 70010 Valenzano (BA) Italy Tel.: +390804606203 Fax: +390804606206 E-mail: infoftn@iamb.it


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