Published every two years in English and in French, Mediterra is the CIHEAM’s flagship publication. It provides an in-depth analysis of the major challenges related to agriculture, food and rural areas in the Mediterranean. Co-published with the FAO, the 2016 edition of Mediterra focuses on triple waste (natural resources, food and knowledge) and it totally in line with the CIHEAM Action Plan for the Mediterranean (CAPMED). Published in 2014, the 14th edition of this report was devoted to agro-food trade dynamics and logistical challenges. In 2012, the report focused on the Mediterranean diet as a model for sustainable development in the Mediterranean. Since its renewal in 2007 and the partnership with a renowned publisher (Presses de Sciences-Po in Paris), Mediterra has involved more than 200 experts, with a hundred articles published in the framework of the six reports released over the period. Some editions have also been translated into Arabic, Spanish and Italian. The publication is referenced and freely accessible on the online publishing platform Cairn. Mediterra is directed and coordinated by the CIHEAM headquarters.


Migration Challenges from the perspective of rural and agricultural inclusive development

Migration and its impacts on territories of origin and destination has become a major concern in national and international political agendas. The growing vulnerability of rural livelihoods is a major trigger for ongoing migratory flows, with rural populations moving towards areas with higher economic potential. Most rural areas in the region and beyond are characterised by outmigration. This affects the local economy, society and agroecology. The implications of this phenomenon are significant in terms of food production, natural resource management, territorial integration, social protection and inclusive development – with impacts on the overall resilience and sustainability of our society. In the Mediterranean, this is particularly intense due to a multiplicity of interrelated factors. At the same time, migration is increasingly recognised as a significant factor for the achievement of all three pillars of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental (IOM). It is essential for the international community to better comprehend and support the development potential of migration for both migrants and societies.

In this context, the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) and l’Agence Française de Développement (AFD) are publishing the Mediterra 2018 report, which is aimed at improving knowledge on rural migrations in the Mediterranean from the perspective of rural and agricultural development in order to identify sustainable, inclusive and long-term solutions.

Download the interim summary