the Future of Agriculture and Food in Mediterranean Countries
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In a context where agriculture matters are high, Mediterra 2008 presents a discussion of the future of agriculture and food in Mediterranean countries and proposes to contribute to the debate on co-operation policies in the Mediterranean Basin. Read More

In a context where agriculture is again high on the international agenda, Mediterra 2008 presents a forward-looking discussion of the future of agriculture and food in Mediterranean countries and proposes to contribute to the debate on co-operation policies in the Mediterranean Basin.

Mediterra 2008 highlights the strategic role and multi-sectoral dimension of Mediterranean agriculture, analysing the current trends and identifying action priorities in the region with a view to constructing the future. On the basis of these multi-disciplinary analyses, the report proposes four global scenarios for the world of 2020.

Designed for policymakers and professionals in the Euro-Mediterranean world, Mediterra 2008 provides a basis for discussion and decision-making and calls for solidarity in agricultural and environmental concerns at the Euro-Mediterranean level. In a world that has become multi-centred, it is imperative that Europe and the Mediterranean region join forces rather than lose momentum going their separate ways.

Mediterra has been produced under the scientific supervision of Mr. Bertrand Hervieu, Secretary-General of the International Centre of Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (Ciheam),an intergovernmental organisation that has become an authority on training, research and co-operation in the fields of agriculture, food and sustainable rural development in the Mediterranean region. Mediterra is published in five languages (French, English, Spanish, Arabic and Italian).

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Presses de Sciences Po
, , , agriculture, Sustainable development
Publisher Category
> Europe > European Politics
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> Geopolitics > Sustainable Development
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> Environment
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> International field
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> Political Economics
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> Politics
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> Society
BISAC Subject Heading
Onix Audience Codes
06 Professional and scholarly
Title First Published
10 April 2008
Subject Scheme Identifier Code
Thema subject category: Politics & government


Publication Date
10 April 2008
710 grams
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15.00 €
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• Building the future

• The geopolitics of the Mediterranean

• Forums for Mediterranean Cooperation

ANALYSIS of agriculture and the agro-food situation in the Mediterranean region

CHAPTER 1 The socio-demographic context
• The demographic dynamics in the Mediterranean
• The outlook for the Mediterranean

• Probable socio-demographic trends

CHAPTER 2 The geo-economic context
• Economic dynamics in the Mediterranean region
• The development and place of agriculture in the Mediterranean economy

CHAPTER 3 Natural resources
• Climate disruption in the Mediterranean region
• Soil, a much-coveted resource
• Blue gold?
• Forest land, a threatened heritage
• Energy: a new deal
• The limits have been reached

CHAPTER 4 Science, technology and innovation
• Innovation and changes in agro-food systems
• Education and research systems in the agricultural and agro-food sector
• ICTs: an aid to convergence or widening the gap?
• Biotechnologies in food and agriculture
• Pursuing the march of progress together

CHAPTER 5 Dietary patterns and trends in consumption
• Food consumption and eating habits in the Mediterranean
• Food security ensured but food quality a weaker point
• Food quality: a growing challenge

CHAPTER 6 Governance in the rural and agricultural world
• Actions by Mediterranean States for agriculture and the rural world
• The emergence of local actors in rural governance
• The environmental question at the heart of Mediterranean co-operation
• The contrasting reality and outlook for the Mediterranean rural world

FROM ANALYSIS to action priorities
• The socio-demographic context
• The geo-economic context
• Natural resources
• Science, technology and innovation
• Dietary patterns and trends in consumption
• Governance in the rural and agricultural world

• Launching action

ACTION PRIORITIES for Mediterranean agriculture and agro-food production in the world of 2020

CHAPTER 7 Reconciling production and management of scarce resources
• On the horns of climatic change and energy shortages
• Saving water: a vital challenge
• Observing, planning, legislating: three challenges for the protection of Mediterranean soils
• The crossroads

CHAPTER 8 Ensuring food security and food safety
• Including ecological and nutritional sustainability in development plans
• Reconciling modernisation and tradition in the interplay between actors
• Bearing the local market in mind while joining the international market
• Devising sectoral policies which include nutrition and health
• Several forward-looking scenarios
• The avenues to be explored
• Food security and food safety are crucial to harmonious development at the local level

CHAPTER 9 Supply and marketing of agricultural commodities
• Organisation of agro-food supply in the Mediterranean region: trends and dynamics
• Fundamental challenges and hypotheses: players, levers for action, resources and impediments
• Scenarios for quality agro-food supply in the Mediterranean region

CHAPTER 10 Development strategies for rural areas
• The rural population in the Mediterranean in 2020
• Four key factors in the evolution of today's societies
• A major challenge: the regional approach to rural development
• Some scenarios for the future of rural spaces

CHAPTER 11 Strengthening and consolidating education and research capacities
• New competencies and new expertise
• Improving the relationship between education and work
• Constructing a Euro-Mediterranean research area
• Infusing knowledge, promoting innovation

• Possible futures, a desirable future

GLOBAL SCENARIOS for Mediterranean agriculture
• The future: an open book
• An overview of future Mediterranean scenarios
• Action is needed now to build the future we want

PROPOSALS for action
• General approaches
• Technical proposals


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