Background and development
- Founding of MOAN (1999): MAI Bari established a Mediterranean network of experts in biological agriculture to encourage the spread of organic agriculture in the Mediterranean countries through promotional measures, education and research work and to compile data on the current state of the sector in the region. The network brings together representatives of universities, research institutes and ministries of agriculture of 11 of the 13 CIHEAM member countries.
- Reorganisation of MOAN (2006): MOAN became an institutional network and was extended to 24 Euro-Mediterranean countries. National representatives are ministry of agriculture officials responsible for overcoming the problems facing the organic sector. This reorganisation was completed in the aftermath of the Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Agriculture (Venice, 2003), which recommended that organic agriculture be seen as an essential factor in the development of regional countries and a possible means of strengthening the Euro-Mediterranean partnership.
MOAN website: http://moan.iamb.it