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Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 09:00 to Friday, November 21, 2014 - 17:00

International Conference on "Building Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area: Challenges and Policy Options"



The International Affairs Institute (IAI), the OCP Policy Center, the Economic and Social Sciences Research Unit at the Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine Institute Hassan II of Rabat and the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy (CIFAP) at the University of Minnesota are organizing an international conference on Building Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area: Challenges and Policy Options in the framework of their multi-year strategic partnership. The conference will take place in Rabat, Morocco, on November 20-21, 2014. The program will include between 10-12 papers, with one or two discussants for each paper.

Sustainable agriculture and food security appear of particular concern for the countries of the Southern Mediterranean region, representing one of the biggest challenges facing the area. As a consequence of the region’s heavy reliance on food imports, the sharp increase in food prices since 2007 has had severe adverse effects in several countries, causing macro-economic problems (inflation, trade deficits, fiscal pressure), increased poverty and political instability. This challenge, coupled with the consequences of environmental degradation and water stress, call for the urgent need to develop sustainable agriculture and food systems. 

At the same time, the European agriculture sector is under stress. In light of the interdependence of Southern Mediterranean and European economies, Euro-Mediterranean relations take on particular relevance for food security and, more in general, for sustainable agricultural development. However, agriculture has been marginalized in Euro-Mediterranean cooperation so far and the EU continues to restrict agricultural imports in order to protect the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), fearing competition from the southern shore of the Mediterranean. At the same time, the EU and its Southern Mediterranean partners face common agricultural challenges such as climate change, food price volatility and water stress, which underscores the importance of reinforcing regional cooperation to build sustainable food systems.


Conference Program

Rabat, 20 - 21 November, 2014

Thursday, November 20th 

9:00 – 9:30

Welcome Coffee and Registration

9:30 – 10:00




Opening Speech

- Mohamed Sadiki, Secretary General of the Ministery of Agriculture and Fisheries, Morocco

- Karim El Aynaoui, Managing Director, OCP Policy Center, Morocco

- Ettore Greco, Director, Instituto Affari Internazionali, Rome

10:15 – 11:30















First Session

Food Security Challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean 

Chair: Nour Said Tligui, Secretary General, IAV Hassan II, Morocco

Eugenia Ferragina and Giovanni Canitano

Geopolitical Implications of Watee and Food Security In Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Countries

Shadi K. Hamadeh, Lina S. Jaber, Katharina Diehl

Livestock and Food Security in the Arab Region: Policy Impact Within the Euro-Mediterranean Framework

Daniela Corona

Southern Mediterranean Region Facing the EU Challenges of Genetically Modified Food and Feed: In Search of Different Model of Sustainable Food System


- Michel Petit, CIHEAM-IAM Montpellier

Open debate 

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:30











Second Session

Small Farming and Agricultural Production Systems in Southern Mediterranean Counteries

Chair: Maria Cristina Paciello, IAI

Mohamed Taher Sraïri and Marcel Kuper

Rehabiliter les Systèmes Agricoles Basés sur la Diversification Culturelle et l'Intégration de l'Elevage en Vue de Favoriser la Sécurité Alimentaire au Maroc

Omer Gokcekus

Fostering Sustainable Adaptations in the Euro-Mediterranean Area: Solving Small Farmers' Collective Action Problems in Crop Switching and Adopting Higher Standards


- Rachid Doukkali, IAV Hassan II and Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

Open debate 

15:00 – 16:30











Third session

EU-Mediterranean Agricultural Policy and its Impact on Southern Mediterraneab Countries

Chair: Rachid Doukkali, IAV Hassan II and Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

Boubaker Dhehibi, Aymen Frija, Roberto Telleria

The Effect of Trade Liberalization on the Sustainability of Agricultural Sectors in Egypt and Tunisia: A new Framework Based on TFP Growth Structure.

Laura Márquez-Ramos  and Victor Martinez-Gomez

Revisiting the Effect of Trade Preferences Granted to Morocco in the Light of an Export-Oriented Approach for Food Security. A Gravity Assessment.


- Terry Roe, CIFAP – Minnesota University

Open debate

Friday, November 21st

09:30 - 11:15



















Fourth session

Policy Options to Foster Sustainable Agricultural Systems th the Euro-Mediterranean Area

Chair: Abdelaziz Nihou, Director, Planning Department, HCP, Morocco

Michel Petit

Sustainable Mediterranean Agricultural for Food Security ? Challenges for the Euro - Mediterranean Relationship

Marko Lovec

The European Union's Agricultural and Agriculture - Related Objectives and the Euro - MEditerranean Region: How to Get Trade and Development Back on the Agenda.

Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi and Cecilia Emma Sottilotta

The Cross-National Coodination of Urban Food Policies in the Euro - Mediterranean Area: The "Urban Food Policy Pact" Initiative and the Possible Spillovers for Enhanced Food Security in the South Mediterranean Region

Marco Adami and Alberto Battistelli

Functional Integration of Renewable Energy and Food Production Systems for the Mediterranean Countries


- Hassan Benaderrazik, Economist, Former General Secretary of the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture and of the Ministry of Economic Affairs

Open debate 

11:15 - 11:45

Coffee Break

11:45 - 13:00








Policy Panel Discussion


- Khalid Meksem, Professor of Plant Genomics, Chief Science Officer, OCP Group
- Ettore Greco, Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Italy. 


Leith Ben Becher, SynAgri, Tunisia
- Michel Petit, CIHEAM-IAM, Montpellier
- Terry Roe, CIFAP, Minnesota University
- Eckart Woertz, CIDOB, Barcelona

Open debate 


End of Conference

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