Message of the UNFAO Director-General

Message of the UNFAO Director-General

Video message of the UNFAO Director-General, at the occasion of the Concert for the Earth, organised by the CIHEAM- Bari (Institute of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies in Bari, Italy) at the Teatro Petruzzelli, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)




Les filières agro-alimentaires ultramarines face à de nombreux défis

Les filières agro-alimentaires ultramarines face à de nombreux défis
Approvisionnement en produits agricoles compliqué, concurrence avec des pays voisins à très bas coûts, relations tendues avec les banques, le secteur agroalimentaire dans les départements d'outremer fait face à un ensemble de difficultés particulières.


Course Programme

Major topics:

Water use efficiency and water productivity;

On-farm irrigation systems performance;

Large-scale irrigation systems performance and new technologies;

Use of non-conventional water resources in agriculture;

Integration and up-scaling of the above issues at the basin level;

Sustainable use and management of Mediterranean soils;

Economic aspects of Mediterranean agriculture.


Course Programme

Major topics: 

Basic IPM principles and methodologies; 

Preventive IPM measures: plant quarantine, pest risk analysis, certified propagating material, resistant/tolerant cultivars or graft combinations, biodiversity maintenance; 

Sustainable use of pesticides and relevant regulations; applications of alternative non-chemical pest management methods; food quality and safety; 

Sound management of biotic and abiotic disorders in pre- and post-harvest; 

Information Technology in IPM programmes.


Course Programme

Major topics: 

Developing agronomic skills related to practices and techniques of Mediterranean Organic Agriculture production and management;

Developing skills related to legislation, inspection, certification and labelling of organically-produced food and fibres;

Building capacity in socio-economic analysis and market strategy for organic agriculture;

Providing trainees with the necessary tools and expertise to assess agricultural, environmental, and socio-economic opportunities and constraints of organic agriculture in different Mediterranean areas.


L&W Course 

H. Ritzema (Water Resources Management Group - Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands)

IPM Course

E. Stefani (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)

MOA Course

D. Gould (IFOAM, USA)
J. Calabrese (CIHEAM-Bari, Italy)