CIHEAM organised the first meeting of its thirteen member countries’ ministers of agriculture in 1999.
The aim was to establish a dialogue between Mediterranean countries on agricultural and rural issues and enable them to agree on a common approach to them.
These biennial ministerial meetings provide an opportunity for discussion on agricultural, food and rural issues in the Mediterranean area.
The strategic dimension of these meetings is enhanced by the participation of the major international organisation active in the region.
The 11th meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture of CIHEAM’s member states will take place in Tirana (Albania) the 22 of September 2016.
The meeting shall pursue two objectives:
The current crisis of refugees, whose effects are hard to be fully estimated, is forcing us to consider the root causes of migrations and future trends in order to identify possible solutions from the point of view of agricultural and rural development and food security in the Mediterranean area.