High-Level Private Sector Forum on Food Security in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean

Barcelona, 5-6 May 2015 - Palacio de Pedralbes

High-Level Private Sector Forum on Food Security in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean

Enhancing food security in the Southern and Eastern rim of the Mediterranean requires leadership and engagement of all stakeholders.

FAO, EBRD and the UfM Secretariat are convening high-level policymakers, financing institutions and CEOs from leading agribusiness companies, to deepen relationships between the public and private sector and develop initiatives to increase agricultural investment in this region.

Co-chaired by UfM’s Secretary General, Fathallah Sijilmassi, FAO’s Assistant Director-General, Laurent Thomas, and EBRD’s Vice-President, Philippe Le Houerou, the Forum will address challenging policy and investments dilemmas: from self-sufficiency to trade liberalization; from traditional value chains to innovative food quality paradigms.

The Forum on 5-6 May will explore:

  • best practices for advancing regional integration;
  • developing strategies for financing food import bills;
  • improving the efficiency of import supply chains through private sector engagement;
  • focussing on advantageous agricultural exports;
  • achieving more efficient use of resources in production processes; and
  • supporting local producers to create higher value products through quality.

The event will contribute to a sustainable regional approach for agriculture and food security, capitalizing on the experience of each of the countries in the region and maximizing opportunities for the public and private sectors alike.

Conference Location

Palacio de Pedralbes
Headquarters of the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean
Avenida Diagonal 686 – 08034 – Barcelona – Spain
Palacio de Pedralbes

Registration for this event is not currently available.

Forum Documents
document title
Agenda download
Agri-food Trade and Food Security in SEMED download
Agribusiness Notes download
Agriculture and Rural Development for Inclusive Growth and Food Security (Hafez Ghanem) download
Best practices to improve energy and resource efficiency in agri-food chains (Ralph Sims) download
Concluding remarks download
Ellen MacArthur Foundation - rethink the future (Jocelyn Bleriot) download
List of Participants download
Logistics note download
Milk quality at farm level as a key to increasing exports (Andriy Dykun) download
Speakers' biographies download
Ukraine's role in agricultural trade and food security (H.E Pavlenko MoA Ukraine) download
Op-Ed - The Future of Food in the Mediterranean
document title
Op-Ed/Arabic ? Al Hayat view
Op-Ed/English - The Daily Star ? Lebanon view
Op-Ed/French ? l? Economiste ? Maroc view
Op-Ed/Spanish view
Press Release
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Press release view
Press release (Arabic) view
Press release (French) view
Press release (Italian) view
Press release (Spanish) download
For general inquiries, help, or additional information, please contact:
Nada Zvekic, Nada.Zvekic@fao.org
cel: +39 393 682 6804

Adèle Peenaert, adele.peenaert@ufmsecretariat.org
cel: +34 64 500 1713


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