The Mediterranean Organic Agriculture (MOA) Division promotes capacity development and in-depth knowledge in education and training, and carries out research activities and international cooperation projects, in the frame of CIHEAM’s strategy.

Its main objective is to spread the principles,  the lasting values and innovative practices of Organic Agriculture and its potential for sustainable and inclusive development in changing Mediterranean communities and territories.

Through its activities  that cover Technical, Institutional, Socio-Economic and Governance aspects, the Division contributes to spread a shared Mediterranean organic identity and a common approach facing the food and agriculture challenges of tomorrow to let this approach be recognized at international level.

Education and training

Synergies between training/education, applied scientific research and cooperation are capitalized in order to provide tangible answers to current issues affecting Mediterranean agriculture.

Training and education aim at producing innovation in Mediterranean organic agriculture, creating and maintaining sustainability in the farming system, assisting and contributing to national system and policy framework development as well as to market strategy for organic agriculture; they also supply tools and expertise to assess the agricultural, environmental and socio-economic opportunities and constraints of organic agriculture in different Mediterranean areas.

All activities provide a platform for institutions and organizations wishing to cooperate across the Mediterranean. Furthermore, the experience gained can often be transferred to other regions of the world (i.e.: Saudi Arabia, Moldavia).

Research and Cooperation

Research activities and cooperation projects focus on three main areas:

Institutional, Policy and governance

  1. Policies and institutions for organic agriculture in Mediterranean and South-eastern European countries
  2. Capacity building and technical assistance to governments
  3. Networking

Socio-economics and market development

  1. Market and marketing analysis
  2. Agricultural Innovation systems
  3. Improving the quality and the management of organic trade data
  4. Study of organic territorial initiatives (ecoregions, bio-districts) across the Mediterranean
  5. Impacts of organic agriculture on food security and sustainable livelihoods in urban and rural communities
  6. Analysis of social impact (gender) in rural areas

Ecosystem approach

  1. Restoring and supporting agro-ecosystem complexity
  2. Proposing sustainable agriculture practices
  3. Cultivating locally adapted species and varieties
  4. Identification of agricultural practices for the in situ conservation of species useful to man, as wild relatives of cultivated species (Crop wild relatives) for adaptation to climate change
  5. Supporting participatory approaches in the management of natural resources
  6. Study and characterisation of the main alien and invasive pests of Mediterranean countries (Planococcus ficus, Drosophila suzukii, etc.)
  7. Innovative packaging for prolongation of the shelf-life of organic fruit and vegetables (table grapes, kiwi, etc);
  8. Biogas production form agricultural by-products: studies of different combinations of matrices in order to obtain experimental machinery for biogas production

Our multi-disciplinary team can provide training in different languages such as: Arabic, French, English, Italian, Spanish, Albanian and Serbo-Croatian.