The Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Mr Luis Planas, participates in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the CIHEAM-Zaragoza Institute
The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of CIHEAM in Zaragoza (Spain)
organized an event at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for its 50th anniversary in the presence of the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Mr Luis Planas. More than 15,000 Mediterranean and Latin American leaders have been trained in this Institute, which is part of the CIHEAM, an intergovernmental organisation devoted to agricultural, rural and coastal development in the Mediterranean.
The CIHEAM Zaragoza organised an institutional event at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Campus Aula Dei de Montaana. This Institute is one of the four institutes that are part of the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), an intergovernmental organisation devoted to sustainable agricultural, rural and coastal development and headquartered in Paris.
The event was attended by Luis Planas, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Juan Sainz Herrero, Assistant Director-General for Bilateral Economic Relations and Economic Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mohammed Sadiki, President of the CIHEAM Governing Board, Plácido Plaza, Secretary-General of the CIHEAM and Javier Sierra, Director of the CIHEAM-Zaragoza Institute.
Minister Planas highlighted the Institute's excellent trajectory and its important education and research activities carried out to serve the region's agri-food challenges. He recalled that many senior officials from different countries have studied in this Institute to complete their training and that it was important to better publicize the existing offers, mentioning the training activities on 'Xylella fastidiosa', a virulent bacterium that decimates Mediterranean olive trees.
Since 1969, more than 15,000 people from Mediterranean countries and Latin America have been trained in Zaragoza in strategic areas of agri-food and nutrition. As a centre of excellence, the Institute offers advanced and postdoctoral training, participates and coordinates international projects and has a consolidated programme of cross-border research networks.
"With this Institute, Spain has an instrument with strong international recognition, particularly strategic for a country that is at the top of the ranking of global exporters, in the production of wine or olive oil and which is one the world's leading consumers of seafood" recalls Javier Sierra, Director of the Institute.
An event during which the Africa-Europe cooperation reinforcement was highlighted
The Secretary-General of the CIHEAM Plácido Plaza marked his speech by recalling the importance of cooperation with Africa, and added that "the Mediterranean area is an essential interface in Euro-African relations. The CIHEAM, with its experience, is at the disposal of the States and their partners to reinforce the cooperation with the countries of sub-Saharan Africa ".
The President of the CIHEAM Governing Board, Mohammed Sadiki, called for the continuation of aspiration of the CIHEAM's founding fathers and congratulated the Institutes for the training provided and the research carried out on topics that contribute to addressing the region's major problems, including climate change, youth employment and women empowerment. He added that for all these major Mediterranean issues, agriculture and rural development are solutions and provide concrete tools for action.
Juan Sainz Herrero, Deputy Director General for Bilateral Economic Relations and Economic Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Cristina Miranda Gozálvez, Deputy Head of the International Relations Unit "Global Agenda and Relations with African, Caribbean Countries and the Pacific " from the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission, presented the agenda of the new Africa-Europe alliance and its future challenges.
José Graziano Da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), congratulated the Institute through a video and recalled their strong collaborations over the last 40 years.
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