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 INRA - France   

1. Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA)-France

Ranked the number one agricultural institute in Europe and number two in the world, INRA carries out mission-oriented research for better food and nutrition, preservation of the environment and competitive, sustainable agricultural practices.

INRA is placed under the aegis of both, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Rural Affairs. Its activity is defined through a quadrennial contract with these two ministries.

The research conducted at INRA concerns agriculture, food, nutrition and food safety, environment and land management, with particular emphasis on sustainable development.

INRA employs 10200 people (among them 1800 researchers and 1600 doctoral students), in 13 scientific departments. Its budget is around 840 million Euros.

INRA is a founding-member of Agreenium which is a legal entity bringing together eight main institutions in Agricultural research and higher education in France (INRA, CIRAD, AgroParisTech, AgroCampusOuest, Montpellier SupAgro, INPT, AgroSup Dijon, Bordeaux Sciences Agro). Agreenium implements actions and programmes linking research, training and development. It has a specific role in the interaction between its different partners and the coordination of their actions towards the foreign partners. Agreenium expertise will be mobilized in ARIMNet2.

International cooperation

INRA has a large and long experience of cooperation at the European and international level: it is involved in many European research projects and networks and is coordinating more than 40 out of them. It is also involved in coordination of national programmes (such as plant genomics). It runs strategic cooperation with other agricultural research organizations around the world and especially in developed countries (EU and not-EU), and with Brazil, China and India. INRA has been involved as a partner or coordinator in 144 projects financed under FP6 and FP7, including the following ERA-Nets: ERA-PG, EUPHRESCO1 and 2 WOODWISDOM1 and 2, EMIDA, CORE ORGANIC, FORSOCIETY and SAFEFOODERA. INRA currently coordinates the ARIMNET, SUSFOOD and RURAGRI ERA-Nets. It also is coordinator for France, on behalf of the Ministry of Research and Education, of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE) and partner of the JPI Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life.


Cooperation in the Mediterranean is a specific focus of INRA international strategic plan (2010-2020). INRA strives to reinforce partnerships with southern Mediterranean countries to foster the creation of a Euro-Mediterranean agricultural research area and the development of multilateral cooperation with all the countries in the region. To do this, INRA is also strengthening relations with CIHEAM (International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies) and ICARDA (International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas) by promoting joint initiatives. INRA is delegated by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (General Directorate for Research and Innovation) and the Ministry of Agriculture (DGER) to coordinate the ARIMNet2 project and to represent with CIRAD and ANR the French participation.

ASRT - Egypt   


Academy of Scientific Research & Technology (ASRT)- Egypt

ASRT is a nonprofit organization; it provides a public service by ensuring independent, unbiased assessments of the sciences and by representing the sciences both within Egypt and internationally. ASRT is a national authority responsible for Science and Technology in Egypt, and it is house of expertise which brings together outstanding Egyptian scientists and experts from universities, research institutions, private sector, NGOs, policymakers and prominent Egyptian scientists in Diaspora, to deliberate country problems, propose and carry out scientific studies and strategic plans to tackle these problems.

ASRT is the executive arm of the Egyptian Ministry of Scientific Research with respect to the design and implementation of Research programs. ASRT hosts the Egyptian Sectorial Councils, which consist of sectorial groups of eminent professors in various fields. Roles and responsibilities of those Councils includes defining Egyptian scientific research Priorities, in this context the Agriculture and bioenergy council has been strongly contributing to defining the national priorities, challenges and implementation strategies. 

ASRT has within its structure the national patent office and the national innovation and invention development agency. ASRT hosts the WIPO Academy and WIPO’s Technology Transfer Center. ASRT is coordinating and supporting the Technology Transfer Offices at Egyptian universities and research centers. ASRT is currently playing an important role in developing of the licensing strategies and local technology transfer policies at Egyptian Research Centers and universities.

International cooperation

ASRT at the international level has actively participated in different initiatives for Agricultural campaigns, technology transfer, research valorization & in strengthening coordination and complementarity of research activities in Africa and Mediterranean Area. In more than 15 FP7 and FP6 projects, ASRT has designed cooperation strategies, supported the creation of regional challenges and priorities’ policy documents, establishing specialized regional scientific platforms, capacity building and networking activities. At the national level, ASRT has coordinated several Europe-AID projects in the areas of Technology Platforms, Technology Transfer & commercialization, exploitation, assessment and broad take-up of past and ongoing research results.

ASRT was WP co-leader at FP7 project MIRA (2007-2012) www.miraproject.eu: Mediterranean Innovation Research Area. ASRT has played an important role in the capacity building strategies and implementation across Mediterranean countries and in supporting the creation of a coordination instrument between activities of different EU and MPC institutions that would contribute to the implementation of the European Neighborhood Policy. ASRT is a national coordinator of the FP7 project MATS (2011-2014): MATS Project (Multipurpose Applications by Thermodynamic Solar). http://www.mats.enea.it. ASRT is responsible for the project coordination of Egyptian partners (various Universities, national authorities, Ministries). ASRT is managing the experimental operation of MATS facility.

ANR - France

3. Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)- France

The French National Research Agency (ANR), created on February 2005, is a public organization devoted to research projects funding. Its aim is to stimulate French research, to bring more flexibility, reactivity and, as a consequence, competitiveness while keeping a good balance between fundamental research and applied research.

With a total budget of 700 M€, in 2012, ANR complements the recurrent funding of Frenchresearch organizations with a funding system based on objectives and projects. The objective of ANR is toenhance the reactivity of the French system for research and innovation and for this it encourages theemergence of new concepts via the "non thematicprogramme", increases research activity on societal andeconomic priorities via «thematic»programmes and develops transfer of knowledge and partnershipsbetween public research and industry via collaborative research projects.

Every year the ANR publishesabout 50 calls for proposals. About 1500 projects are selected among 6000 proposals through competitionand peer review with an independent selection procedure (The selection procedure is certified ISO 9001since 2008). In average 30% of reviewing experts are coming from abroad.

The ANR programmes target thewhole scientific community, both public research institutions and private companies. The agency funds allscience and technology areas via two major families of programmes: The non-thematic "blue sky", "youngresearcher" and "excellence chair" programmes, which target bottom-up projects and for which the onlyselection criterion is scientific excellence, covers all disciplines as well as interdisciplinary projects andrepresent about 50% of the ANR budget. The thematic programmes correspond to strategic priorities inmajor areas: "Environment and Biological Resources Department", "Energy and sustainable development","Life sciences and health", "Information and communication technologies (including nanotechnologies)","Engineering and processes", "Social sciences and humanities". Projects are selected on the basis ofscientific quality as well as strategic and economic relevance.

ANR has a largeexperience in Era-NETs. Between 2006 and 2010, 181 funded projects in the era-nets with a total budget of51M€. ANR is active in coordination of several ERANETs.


For the Mediterranean area the Agency isplaying a major role in the calls of BIODIVERSA, ARIMNET, SEASERA and the new proposal ERANETMED. International cooperation inANR represents an annual budget of 48M €.

CIRAD - France

4. Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD)- France

CIRAD (Centre de coopérationinternationale en rechercheagronomique pour le développement) is a public industrial and commercial enterprise (EPIC) under the joint authority of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. CIRAD's activities involve the life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences, applied to agriculture, food and rural territories. CIRAD is specialized in development-oriented agricultural research for tropical, sub-tropical regions and has a mandate to contribute to rural development through research, experimentation, training operations and scientific & technical information, primarily in the fields of agriculture, veterinary, forestry and agrifoods.

The six priority lines of research are the following:

§  Ecological intensification
Helping to develop ecologically intensive agriculture in order to feed the world.

§  Biomass energy and societies in the South
Studying how we can ensure that the emergence and development of bioenergies benefit people in developing countries

§  Accessible, quality food
Innovating to make food accessible, varied and safe.

§  Animal health and emerging diseases
Foreseeing and managing the infectious disease risks linked to wild and domestic animals.

§  Public policy, poverty and inequality
Supporting public policies aimed at reducing structural inequality and poverty.

§  Agriculture, environment, nature and societies
Understanding the relations between agriculture and the environment and between human communities and nature better so as to manage tropical rural areas sustainably.

CIRAD has a staff of 1800, including 800 researchers whose 200 are permanently assigned in about 50 countries. The budget of CIRAD was 214 million euros in 2010.

CIRAD is a founding-member of Agreenium which is a legal entity bringing together eight main institutions in Agricultural research and higher education in France (INRA, CIRAD, AgroParisTech, AgroCampusOuest, Montpellier SupAgro, INPT, AgroSup Dijon, Bordeaux Sciences Agro). Agreenium implements actions and programmes linking research, training and development. It has a specific role in the interaction between its different partners and the coordination of their actions towards the foreign partners. Being a member of Agreenium will enable CIRAD to mobilize the Agreenium consortium in the activities undertaken in the tasks led by CIRAD in the ARIMNet2 project, if needed.

CIRAD participates to 49 research projects in FP7, including Cooperation, People and Capacity building, and ERANets, in which ARIMNet.


CIRAD has 8 researchers permanently assigned in the Mediterranean countries and one Regional Direction in Montpellier. CIRAD strategic plan focuses the Mediterranean Area as an area of special interest.


5. Centre International des Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM)

The International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) is an intergovernmental regional organization founded under the aegis of the OECD and the Council of Europe (1962). Currently, the Centre numbers thirteen member Countries: Albania, Algeria, Egypt, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia and Turkey.


CIHEAM’s main objectives are:

§  enhancing human resources as an all-important factor of sustainable development in Mediterranean agriculture;

§  deepening and spreading scientific and technological knowledge as a basic factor to improve food production;

§  strengthening regional co-operation as it is a key-factor to reach a shared and balanced regional socio-economic development.


The main CIHEAM’s areas of activities, in which it has developed a strong experience, are: post-graduate education (both specialized and diploma leading), applied scientific research and promotion of research and development partnership actions in the framework of regional cooperation programmes. Activities are related to the following thematic areas: food production and quality management, environment and natural resources management, economics, management and development policies, fisheries and aquaculture.

CIHEAM coordinates permanent Euro-Mediterranean networks and, through its own institutional management board, provides also support to the southern Mediterranean countries ondissemination on and access to European research tools (successive FPs) to contribute to the establishment of a Euro- Mediterranean Research Area.

The Centre has several organs among which four Mediterranean Agronomic Institutes (MAIs), The four MAIs of Bari (Italy), Chania (Greece), Montpellier (France-IAMM) and Zaragoza (Spain) are where most of CIHEAM's educational, research and cooperation work is carried out. The four MAI have established a strong cooperative network of education and research institutes in all CIHEAM member countries. In the fields of education and research, CIHEAM is partnered with the main institutions in the Mediterranean Region and beyond.

Every year, an average of 400 students are enrolled on full-time diploma courses, including 300 scholarship students, and about 1,000 more take specialized short-duration courses at the MAIs. IAMM runs three main activities: research, international cooperation and training. From its creation, the IAMM trained more than 4000 students and professional trainees (per year 200 students, masters and PhD).

The IAMM aims to train (graduate or lifelong training) the new generations of Mediterranean decision makers of the agricultural and agro-food sector. In order to reach that goal, the institute involves visiting or resident teachers. Specialized on the economic, social and management fields, the IAMM is a privileged observer of the rural development and the economy of the Mediterranean area. The researchers of the Institute collaborate through networks to numerous projects of training, research and cooperation on subjects such as agricultural economics, food policies, study of the functioning of the international markets and the institutions of development or the local and territorial development.

 FCT - Portugal

6. Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)-Portugal

Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) is the Portugal’s main funding agency for research and it is responsible for following and implementing the bilateral and multilateral International S&T cooperation agreements in science and technology. FCT is a public autonomous institute under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Science (MEC), which covers all the fields of science, aiming at capacity enhancement and research excellence.

FCT´s mission consists in continuously promoting the advancement of scientific and technological knowledge in Portugal, exploring opportunities that became available in any scientific or technological domain to attain the highest international standards in the creation of knowledge, and to stimulate their diffusion and contribution to improve education, health, environment, and the quality of life and well-being of the general public.

International cooperation

Since FP6, FCT have been participating in more than 60 ERA-Nets, Joint Programming Initiatives, Article 185º, Plant-KBBE and Joint Technology Initiatives. In particular, FCT has been playing a very active role in thematic ERA-Nets and is also very active on joint transnational calls´ (launch, monitor and evaluation) in ERA-Nets.FCT is an observer on FACCE Joint Programming Initiative -A European strategy to tackle agriculture, food security and climate change challenges.


FCT promotes International Cooperation with non-European countries by implementing bilateral cooperation schemes in different regions across the world, namely with Mediterranean Region, namely, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. FCT is very active on the Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation, participates in Monitoring Committee for Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation in RTD (MoCo) and on the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR).

FCT participated in ARIMNet as workpackage co-leader and task leader, and also in MIRA - INCO-Net with Mediterranean Region and currently with SPRING – the new INCO-Net with the Mediterranean. FCT is participant on the submitted new ERA-Net with the Mediterranean. At political level FCT participates in Monitoring Committee for Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation in RTD (MoCo) and on the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR).

 DEMETER - Greece

7. National Agricultural Research Foundation (DEMETER)-Greece

The Hellenic Agricultural Organization – DEMETER (2011) is the new organization which resulted from the merge of the National Agricultural Research Foundation (NAGREF) of Greece, established in 1989, with three other Greek organizations of the agricultural sector. All the activities and obligations of NAGREF have been passed to the new organization.


For over two decades, issues of high importance for the agricultural sector, such as integrated crops management and development, environment and ecosystems protection, livestock improvement and breeding, organic agriculture, animals, fisheries, forestry and public health protection etc. are approached in the spirit of agricultural research in the service of society and implemented with the application of new technologies.


The target groups affected by the activity of the organization are farmers, consumers, educational organizations, local authorities, non-governmental organizations, research organizations / researchers, SMEs and students.


International cooperation

Hellenic Agricultural Organization – DEMETER has a first class record of participation and management of research and development projects of international or bilateral status concerning several countries in EU, Asia, United States and Africa which exceeds the amount of 400 projects.


The organization is involved in severalERA.NET (SEE, EMIDA, ANIHWA..).

 IAV - Morocco

8. Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine (IAV)-Morocco

The Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine (IAV) is a multidisciplinary polytechnic center for biological and earth sciences and technologies based on an integrated system for high education, training and scientific research to serve agricultural and rural development. It's composed of several schools: Agronomy, Veterinary school,Agro-food industry, Horticulture, Topography,Rural engineering. The institute is offering engineering, veterinary medicine, master and PhD graduation diploma. More than 700 African students are graduated from IAV Hassan II.  

It has developed high agricultural research capacities covering all fields of agricultural research and natural resources including agronomy, horticulture, veterinary medicine, food industry and nutrition, topography, rural equipment, and environmental research.

The IAV contributes as well to the national policy of agriculture and recently to the study of agricultural research in Morocco.

Partnership with the industrial sector is strong through partnership and agreements offering expertise, continuous training and specific research.

IAV accounts 320 scientists and faculty members and 180 Technical staff - in 22 departments hosting different laboratories. 

International cooperation

IAV scientists are involved in multidisciplinary international networks and collaborative research programs. In addition a large number of research-development projects are implemented in partnerships with European, African, and Mediterranean countries. Expertise and continuous training are also offered to national and international partners supported by bilateral (France, Belgium, etc.) and international organization (FAO, Biodiversity,UNDP, USAID, etc.). Participation to the FPs (European programs) is a long tradition for the IAV. Currently, the number of projects involving IAV scientists is 51 from FP1 to FP6. Recently the IAV takes part in more than 10 projects in FP7 with 8 projects in FAB thematic (2011 EC statistics). 

IAV Hassan II has developed an expertise in various fields of research, technology and development. It has built a strong network at national and international level and it is the first Moroccan institution in terms of participation in the framework programs since the 80’s.

Through the IAV Hassan II, the Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur de la Recherche Scientifique et de la Formation des Cadreswillbeinvolved in ARIMNet2.

 INRAA - Algeria  

9. Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique d’Algérie (INRAA)- Algeria

The National Institute of Agricultural Research of Algeria is a scientific and technological public establishment in charge of the national programmes of research related to agriculture and food, natural resources and water and biotechnologies.

The institute participates to the elaboration and implementation of the national policy of agricultural research for sustainable agricultural development, and it contributes to the design and achievement of national programmes of scientific and technological development research in the following areas:

§  Knowledge and monitoring of physical environment

§  Improvement and development of plant and animal productions

§  Preservation and development of agricultural products as well as their quality

§  Agribiotechnologies

§  Economics and sociology of agricultural and rural world

§  Ecology and environment

Adressed topics are strongly connected with agricultural and rural development issues at level of regions and territories (waterless, agro-pastoral, Saharan and mountainous areas, etc.). The themes are directly inscribed in national and international issues such as local and sustainable development, biodiversity preservation, climate changes question and fight against the poverty, etc.

At the national level, INRAA managed tree national calls for tenders as part of two national programmes of research.

The Institute is made up of departments and laboratories of research that bring together 370 persons, 137 of which are researchers.

International cooperation

INRAA has developed international partnerships with FAO, International Centre of Research (Biodiversity, ICARDA), CIHEAM, Italy, Spain and France. Several international workshops, regional conferences, seminars with participation of foreign and national partners (universities, institutes) take place annually.

INRAA is an important national center of African Agency of Biotechnologies and ICARDA, as well as a phytogenetic, and zoological resources network of FAO.

INRAA participates in ARIMNet2 on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture.

 KRS - Croatia

10. InstitutzaJadranskeKultureiMelioraciju KRSA-SPLIT (KRS)- Croatia

The Institute is state-owned entity and it operates as a public research institute, under auspices of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia.

The mission of the Institute is to conduct innovative basic and applied research projects in the field of biotechnological sciences (agriculture, forestry, food technology), to transfer the knowledge to target users and also to participate in academic education, with the aim of economic and social benefit of the community and protection of environment and traditional values.

The vision of the Institute is to become a leading scientific research and educational institution and an indispensable subject in the development of the Mediterranean agriculture and forestry, which will contribute to the overall development of Croatia as a knowledge-based society. The Institute performs research, service, design, control, and education in the Croatian part of the Mediterranean in order to achieve new knowledge in agriculture and forestry of the Mediterranean. It also provides services of analytical and control testing of samples in its laboratories.

Research activities are nowadays carried out within the following groups: viticulture and oenology, olive and fruit growing, vegetable growing, processing of fruit and vegetables, aromatic and medicinal plants, soil research and plant nutrition, plant protection, forestry, microbiology, cheese processing and agricultural economics.

Of the total of 53 employees of the Institute at the moment, 34 are scientists and researchers. Institute’s competences are within the mentioned fields of research, with 118 years of experience in Mediterranean agriculture and forestry research,numerous national and recently some international research projects, scientific papers in international and domestic journals applied studies and various services for agricultural producers in this specific region.

International cooperation

IAC is one of the main project partners of IPA Adriatic Cross Border Cooperation project "Adriatic Model Forest" (AMF), 2012-2014 and IPA IIIc project "Technology transfer infrastructure in the Croatian Adriatic region" (TTAdria), 2012-2014. IAC is among project’s associates of IPA Cross-border programme Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina project "Mediterranean Medicinal Herbs – MED MED HERBS", 2012-2014. IAC is also the main leader of CARDS project "Family Farming Modernization and Revitalisation", 2005-2006.

 IRESA - Tunisia  

11. Institution of Agricultural Research and Higher Education (IRESA)-Tunisia

The institution for Agricultural Research and Higher Education was established in 1990. It is a public administrative institution with the civil personality and financial autonomy. It is under the supervision of “TheMinistry of Agriculture”.

The Institution for Agricultural Research and Higher Education “IRESA” is in charge of:

§  promoting agricultural research in Tunisia through the coordination of research (6 Research Institutes, 4 regional centres and 2 regional research clusters and more than 20 experimental stations) and higher education (11 institutions) in this field;

§  disseminating agricultural knowledge;

§  setting, funding and monitoring national research programmes;

§  promoting cooperation between Tunisian and foreign researchers;

§  coordinating and evaluating of the national programmes.

The main objectives are covering natural resources management, plant and animal science, emerging diseases, sustainability of agricultural production, food security and food safety, horticulture, aquaculture and fisheries.

IRESA is currently running 29 laboratories and 10 research units, gathering more than 300 researchers and 420 scientists and 1100 students (MSc and PhD).

IRESA has put a special emphasis on dissemination of information and knowledge through ICT.

International cooperation

The Institution for Agricultural Research and Higher Education (IRESA) is in close cooperation with the European Union, participating in a lot of specific research programmes in the fields of natural resources (water, forestry), Animal health, cereals, arboriculture and biotechnology. The Institution cooperates with research establishments in Europe (INRA, CIRAD, CEMAGREF…) and other parts of the world, and with international and regional organizations such as FAO, IAEA, ICARDA, IPGRI, CIHEAM, ACSAD,….

The institution is partner in several European projects within the 7th framework such as ARIMNet project(www.arimnet.net), ETC project (www.etcproject.eu), Foresterra project (www.foresterra.eu).

 INIA - Spain

12. InstitutoNacional de Investigación y TecnologíaAgraria y Alimentaria (INIA)-Spain

The National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) is an autonomous Public Research Organization belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Its objectivesare the programming, the coordination and the assignment of resources to scientific and technological activities, their monitoring and evaluation and the undertaking of research and technological development functions, including the technological transfer in Agriculture and Food sectors.

The INIA distributes its activity between three major areas:

-       As a public research organization.

-       As the sectorial coordinator of food and agricultural research with the autonomous regions.

-       As a manager body for international cooperation in matters of agricultural science and technology.

The INIA carries out its own research through three centres and six departments: The Forest Research Centre (CIFOR), the Centre for Animal Health Research (CISA), the Plant Genetic Resources  Centre (CRF) and the departments of Biotechnology, Environment, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Plant Protection, Animal Reproduction and Food Technology.

The INIA is a programme owner and responsible to make the public calls, defining, financing and managing research strategic research programmes at national level (in coordination with the regional authorities) such as the Agricultural Resources and Technologies Programme, the Conservation of Genetic Resources of Agro-food Interest Programme, the Interaction between Wild Fauna and Extensive Livestock Programme, and the Agro-forest Carbon Sinks of Greenhouse Effect Programme.

International cooperation

The INIA is the Spanish representative to the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), supporting it with annual funds. Moreover INIA supports a wide range of activities in Latin American countries through bilateral scientific cooperation agreements. It is also the Spanish representative to the Management Committees of the EU Framework Programme of R+D in the Agro-food ambit as well as being the Spanish representative in the SCAR Committee.

INIA also participates in these ERA-Nets: ANIHWA (in project call), EMIDA (participation in core group), WOOD WISDOM (project call), ARD and ARD II (WP 3, task 3.1 and 3.3), EUPHRESCO II (WP1, WP2 y WP4), CORE ORGANIC II (leader WP3 Task 3.2) , ARIMNET (WP2), SUSFOOD (project call), RURAGRI (Co-leader WP4). Initiatives of ERA-Nets: SUMFOREST (WP5), ERA-NET PLUS FACCE- JPI, CORE ORGANIC PLUS, IPM.


13. International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) is an autonomous non-profit international research center established in 1977.  It is one of the fifteen international research centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). 

ICARDA’s mission is to contribute to the improvement of livelihoods of the resource-poor in dry areas by enhancing food security and alleviating poverty through research and partnerships to achieve sustainable increases in agricultural productivity and income, while ensuring the efficient and more equitable use and conservation of natural resources.  ICARDA’s research aims to improve smallholder crop and livestock production systems in dry areas. We use a multidisciplinary, integrated agro-ecosystems approach, working closely with partner organizations and local communities.

Research is structured under four programs:

§  Biodiversity and Integrated Gene Management

§  Integrated Water and Land Management

§  Diversification and Sustainable Intensification of Production Systems

§  Social, Economic and Policy Research


A network of regional programs and country offices helps promote partnerships, introduce and promote new technologies, and build national research capacity. The network covers seven regions:

§  Arabian Peninsula

With its partners in many countries, ICARDA produces science based-solutions. These include new crop varieties (barley, wheat, durum wheats, lentil, faba bean, kabuli chickpea, pasture and forage legumes); improved practices for farming and natural resources management; and socio-economic and policy options to support countries to improve their food security.All these products and technologies are international public goods science, freely available to all partners in developing countries and to development partners and international organizations.

ICARDA’s biggest strength is its staff – 600 highly skilled men and women from 32 countries. ICARDA has staff and offices in 17 countries, working closely with their counterparts in government agencies, NGOs and other partners.

 INEA - Italy  

14. National Institute of Agricultural Economy (INEA)-Italy

INEA is a public research institute that conducts studies and surveys, collects and processes information, provides technical support to the agricultural institutions. The main activities of INEA may be summarised in five main areas of interests:

§  FADN data;

§  Rural Development and agricultural knowledge system;

§  Structures, markets and trade of Italian Agriculture and Common Agricultural Policy;

§  Agriculture and environment;

§  ICT, Territorial Information and communication/dissemination Systems.


INEA carries out research on behalf of several organisations and Ministries, including in primis the European Commission and the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (Mipaaf), and also of many Regional/Local Authorities and Producers’ Organisations. The institutional role of INEA has facilitated important collaboration with the main international institutions involved in agricultural policies and markets, such as OECD and FAO.


INEA coordinates a national research group working on the topic of the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System (AKIS) and supports the Regional Authorities in the implementation of innovation policies.


International cooperation

It takes also an active role in the activities of the SCAR AKIS Collaborative Working Group (CWG) having the aim of analyzing the EU-27 AKIS (2010-2011) and supporting the European Commission to set up the principle procedures of rural development policy 2014 -2020 for the knowledge system (2012-2013).


INEA has experience ERANet-like initiatives. INEA was involved in the Multiregional Operative Program “Support activities for agricultural extension services” Reg. EC 2081/1993:”Measure 2 - Technological innovation and transfer of research results” (1995-2001), in the Interregional project “Information system on the regional agricultural research” (2002-2011). INEA collaborated with JRC on the Farm Advisory System analysis (2009-2010).  INEA is still participating to the National Rural Network (NRT) 2007-2013 Reg. EC 1698/2005 – Action “Development of extension services for the farmers” (2008- present) and is member of SCAR Collaborative working group on Agriculture Knowledge and Innovation Systems (on behalf of the Ministry of agriculture, alimentary and forestry policy) (2011-2013).

 MESRS - Algeria  

15. Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRS)-Algeria

DG-RSDT (Direction Générale de la RechercheScientifiqueet Du DéveloppementTechnologique) is a public administration under the auspices of the Algerian Ministry of High Education & Scientific Research.

It has been created in August 2008 by national decree.  It has a national mission as stipulated in the scientific research law (08-05) published in 23rd February 2008.

DG-RSDT is in charge of the setup and the implementation of the national five year research program (2008-2012) that covers 34 National Research Programs (PNR). It is essentially in charge of all research aspects in the country, i.e., Programming, evaluation, infrastructures, finances and valorization aspects.

DG-RSDT is placed as the secretariat of the National Council of Scientific Research and Technology Development headed by the prime Minister in order to execute all the recommendations of the national policy.

DGRSDT diagram is composed of 4 Directions devoted to: Programming, Evaluation and Prospective Studies; Administration and Funding; Infrastructures of Scientific Development, & Technical Services; Valorization, Innovation and Technology Transfer.

DG-RSDT coordinates the scientific and research activities of more than 850 university laboratories, 25  Research centers and 20 private research unit activities.

DG-RSDT has taken part to the Inco-NET MIRA Project as partner.

 MIPAAF - Italy  

16. Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali (MIPAAF)-Italy

The Ministry of Agricultural Food and Forestry Policies (MIPAAF) is the main funding body for agricultural, agro-food, aquaculture and forestry issues in Italy. It is responsible for the definition of national research programmes in all areas of agriculture and forestry.

The General Directorate of Rural Development (DISR) defines and coordinates national rural development policies in coherence with the CAP and relates to the Italian Regions, on the basis of the agriculture, including forestry, mountain and landscape rural policies, and agro-food system needs.  The “Research and experimentation” Office (DISR IV, belonging to the mentioned GD) promotes and funds national multi-year research programmes and projects (mostly 3 years), investigating problems related to all aspects of agriculture.

International cooperation

Since 2004 DISR IV has gained a great experience being involved in 11 ERANET and 2 JPI, participating actively to the activities. DISR IV represents Mipaaf at SCAR working also in many CWGs.

 MIZS - Slovenia 

17. Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia (MIZS)- Slovenia

The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (MIZS) was established in 2013 and is responsible for regulating all levels off education (from pre-school to higher education) and regulating the fields of science and sport. MIZS is the legal successor of former Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, which in 2012 took over the activities in the field of higher education and science from the former Ministry of Higher Education (MHEST), Science and Technology.

The Science division as part of the Directorate for Science defines the expert bases for the adoption of political documents in the field of research policy. It drafts laws and implements regulations on research activities. It establishes and enhances the system of comprehensive analyses and monitoring of the developments in research, develops new tools for attaining research policy goals, and plans the required financial resources for research.

The National Research and Innovation Program 2011-2020 as the key strategic and political document of the Slovenian policy on research and innovation is currently being implemented, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and other relevant stakeholders, who have contributed to the development of the program.

The financing of research activities is mainly implemented through the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS). The main instruments are research programs (long term, 5-year projects), basic and applied research projects, targeted research programs, the young research program, research infrastructures and international cooperation. All public calls are published in the Slovenian Official Gazette and on relevant web pages.

 MKO - Slovenia

18. Ministrstvozakmetijstvo in okolje (MKO)- Slovenia

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment deals with agriculture, rural development, food, plant protection, veterinary medicine and zootechnics, forestry, hunting and fishing, the safety and quality of feeding stuff and food or foodstuffs – with the exception of food supplements – foodstuffs for particular nutritional use or foodstuffs for special medical purposes and food or foodstuffs for use in hospitality activities, institutional catering and canteens, and tasks related to environmental protection, nature conservation, water management and climate change; public services engaged in the protection of the environment, in nature conservation and water management; ionizing radiation protection, combat the effects of natural disasters, and investments in environmental and water infrastructure.

Within the Slovene public administration the field of research falls within the competence of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport (MESCS). Besides MESCS as the main responsible ministry, for implementing the National Research and Innovation Programme other ministries are involved with respect to their fields of responsibility. The National Research and Innovation Programme 2011-2020 as the key strategic and political document of the Slovenian policy on research and innovation is currently being implemented.

MAE is involved:

§  in the co-financing of applied research projects, which are directed towards a specific practical aims or objectives and have a practical value for agriculture sector; and

§  in the Target Research Programme (TRP) «Securing.si food for tomorrow». TRP is problem-oriented and targeted towards improving Slovene agriculture competitive capacity, which should form the basis for successful and sustainable development and an increase the living standard in rural area. It takes into account the basic guidelines from the Resolution on Strategic Policy of Development of Slovenian Agriculture and Food Technology on the sustainable development of Slovenia and the interconnection and dependence of economic, social and environmental dimensions of agriculture and rural development. In connection with TRP, MAE is involved in preparing the research priority for calls for tender (focus areas and themes) and in the process of selecting projects in the above mentioned fields of responsibility.


International cooperation

MAE has been involved in four ERA-NET initiatives and few SCAR-CWG, 3 of which are still ongoing (EUPHRESCO II, FORESTERRA, Core Organic 2) and in which we actively contribute. Furthermore the MAE is currently involved in the proposal preparation of 3 new ERA-NET’s.  MAE is member of SCAR.


MAE has been invited to participate in the ARIMNet2 by MECS and INRA, due to an expressed interest of Slovenia in Mediterranean cooperation, the Euro-Mediterranean University as one of the six priority areas of the Union for the Mediterranean based in Slovenia, and due to our experience in agricultural ERA-NET’s.

MAE has close collaboration with the UP SRC Institute for Mediterranean Agriculture and Olive Growing on the research and professional area (research chemical and sensory characteristics of olive and olive oil, processed and produced in Slovenian Istria, as well as morphological and genetic characteristics and particularities of olive cultivars in the field, monitoring the quality of olive oil and its promotion at home and abroad; research in the field of olive production: adapting to climate changes, irrigation systems and pest control).


 MOARD - Israël

19. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MOARD)- Israël

Agricultural research in Israel is carried out by the public and the private sectors and is primarily funded by the public sector (85%), of which the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MOARD; www.moag.gov.il) provides the major share (approximately € 60 million in 2012. Other sources of funding include national, bi-national and international funds.

The major subjects,currently supported and controlled by MOARD Chief Scientist, are: Agricultural biotechnology and its regulation, Animal and Aquaculture production, Coping with foreseen agricultural threats arising from possible future climate changes, Economical, marketing and rural development policy, Food security, safety and quality, Horticulture and ornamental molecular and conventional breeding and production of new varieties for exportation, Irrigation and water management (potable; brackish; recycled; desalinated), Marketing driven R&D for new agricultural products, Organic farming, Pest management aimed at reducing the use of pesticides and herbicides, Post-harvest improvement of shelf-life and surface transportation of exported fresh agricultural products, Reducing man-power needs by improved and innovative technologies, Sustainable agriculture and Agro-ecology.

Since the creation of the state of Israel, MOARD was a key body in directing agricultural research aimed at combating desertification, food security and manpower efficiency involved in agricultural production, distribution and commercialization.  This R & D led, among other, to innovative and improved irrigation and recycled water technologies, novel crop varieties and animal production, post-harvest technologies, and sustainable agriculture.

International cooperation


 ARI - Cyprus  

20. Agricultural Research Institute (ARI)- Cyprus

The Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) is a Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment. It is the only institution engaged in agricultural research and depends largely on government funding, though in recent years, additional funds were obtained through European research projects.

It undertakes applied, theoretical and adaptive research within the wider domain of plant and animal production. Its research activities concern Fruit Trees and Viticulture, Plant Improvement, Vegetables and Ornamentals, Plant Protection, Soils, Water Use and Environment, Animal Production, Statistics and Agricultural Economics.

ARI staff consists of 40 scientists, 64 technicians and 14 administrative and accounting personnel.

The Institute is the national AGRIS Centre collecting, cataloguing and indexing the agricultural literature published in Cyprus, and is also the national CARIS Centre collating information on ongoing research.

International cooperation

The Institute cooperates with research establishments in Europe and other parts of the world, and with international and regional organizations, such as FAO, IAEA, ICARDA, IPGRI, etc. At present, the ARI participates in 17 EU funded projects in various disciplines of the broader agricultural sector. Results of ARI research are published in international journals or in its own publications series (Biennial Review, Technical Bulletin, Miscellaneous Reports and Agricultural Economics Report) in English.

The ARI is the National Focal Point for FAO projects related to conservation and utilization of plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture.

The Agricultural Research Institute has been selected in 2000 by the European Union as a “Centre of Excellence in Agriculture and Environment”. The total funding is nearly one million Euros and covers main activities in the field of Agriculture and Environment.

ARI participated in ERANet projects ARIMNET (2008-2013), RURAGRI (2009-2013), and is an observer organization at the ICT-AGRI ERANet (2009-2013).

 GDAR - Turkey

21. General Directorate of Agricultural Research, and Policy, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, GDAR-Turkey

The mandate of General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policy (GDAR) is the Agricultural research management (call announcement and evaluation of project proposals; funding, coordination, monitoring & evaluation, and impact assessment of supported projects) in the fields of plant breeding and production, plant protection, animal breeding and husbandry, animal health, fishery and aquaculture, food and feed, postharvest technologies, biodiversity/genetic resources, organic agriculture, biosafety, soil and water resources management and rural development.

Its targets are the setting of priorities of agricultural research for the Country and allocating the available resources to the programs and projects according to the priorities; improving the productivity and quality of agricultural products through research and helping improving the incomes of farmers, protecting the natural resources (including soil & water, fauna, genetic resources of plants and animals) and the environment for sustainable utilization; disseminating the research results; following the adoption of the project outcomes; improving the system for research management and information and make available for the use of researchers;  following technological developments around the world and adapting them to the country's conditions; improving the scientific capacity of the researchers; improving research capacity and the productivity of agricultural research organization.

GDAR is one of the main service general directorates of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey responsible for the agricultural research and development.

GDAR manages 59 research institutes dealing with the whole range of agricultural issues throughout the country.  Currently, approximately 1900 active researchers and research managers have been working within the framework of GDAR system. GDAR has 87 year- experience in the field of agricultural R&D, and currently represent about % 90 of the applied research activities.

International cooperation

Turkish researchers have been taking part institutionally in the framework programmes since 2003. After Turkey’s participation to the 6th Framework Programme, GDAR has established a coordination unitto support researchers by providing relevant information and meeting their training needs on the basis of Framework Programmes. Up to now, GDAR has carried out 12 projects under EU 6th FP, and 9 projects under 7th FP, and GDAR is the coordinator of one of them.

An average of 900 research projects are being implemented yearly and more than 550 of them are in the field of Mediterranean food and agriculture.

GDAR has been involved in all kind of transnational R&D projects and projects within FP programmes of EU, on behalf of the Ministry. Currently, GDAR is an active partner of 13 ERANets. They are: ARIMNet, EMIDA, ARPAARI, AGFORISE, RURAGRI, ERA-ARD II, ICT-AGRI, BIODIVERSA2, CORE ORGANIC II (and for the new call CORE ORGANIC Plus), AQUAMED, EUPHRESCO, SUSFOOD and ECO-ZEO.

 MESRT - Tunisia

22. Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRT)-Tunisia

MHESRT is responsible and supervise the National programmes on Scientific Research. MHESRT, through a specific research directorate general, supports the execution of research programmes inside research laboratories and units through the softening of procedures outlining the use of allocated funds to scientific activities of these structures.

Other relevant tasks are: the promotion of innovation and technological development by supporting innovative firms and underlining the results of research, strengthening partnership between research structures and firms, and giving birth to an ambitious programme for the setting-up of technoparks and nurseries of firms.

MHESRT aims also towards the mobilisation of financial resources coming from the public and private sectors, and international cooperation to the benefit of the sector.

MHESRT is also involved in the adoption of measures that would further involve Tunisian scientific competencies abroad in the identification, execution and evaluation of research programmes of priority.

International cooperation

Finally, through the international cooperation directorate general participates in the research and innovation policy dialogue within MoCo.  It also participated in several EU project within FP6 (EUROMEDANET, FOODNCO, PROMEDACCESS, IDEATLIST and ERAMED) and is an active partner of MIRA and Bilat project ETC supported by FP7.

The Centre of Biotechnology of Borj-Cedria(CBBC), which is involved in ARIMNet2, undertakes specific research on technology transfer and consulting activities in the field of biotechnology (environment, plant, bacteria...).

These research activities aim in particular to the:

§Establishment of biotechnological methodologies to improve the crop’s tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses,

§enhancement of biological agricultures resources,

§environmental preservation, and

§exploitation and improvement of local genetic resources.


The Centre of Biotechnology of Borj-Cedriais part of the Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche Scientifique.


International cooperation

The Centre is actively participating in several Scientific Networks in Africa, Europe, Asia and America (IPGRI- ICARDA- OIV- NEPAD- ICBA- ABFuGEN- AQUARIZ- COST, Biocircle, EMAP, Health Food for Life). These activities are more particularly carried out within the framework of several research projects, namely 11 European research projects and 21 International bilateral projects.

 MCST - Malta  

23. Office of the Prime Minister (MCST)- Malta

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) within the Office of the Prime Minister is the national advisory body on science, technology research and innovation policy. The MCST is responsible for identifying and addressing major science and technology challenges and issues of strategic importance for Malta, thereby contributing to the development of coherent and sustainable policy visions and initiatives.

MCST’s main remit is to encourage increased public and private investments in science, research and innovation with a view to embedding a culture for science, technology and innovation. Besides compiling the National Strategic Plan for Research and Innovation 2007-2010 and the New R&I Strategic Plan 2011-2020, the Council is also responsible for the National Science Popularisation Strategy. Since 2010, the Council has been operating under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister with a renewed remit to ensure strategic coordination of research and innovation policies across Ministries. 

The Malta Council for Science and Technology is the National Funding organisation for Research and Innovation in Malta. In support of the Strategic Plan, the Council provides state financing in the form of grants for research, development and innovation in science and technology which aim to support knowledge transfer between academia and industry with specific focus on the four priority sectors identified in the National R&I Strategy namely Environment and Energy Resources, ICT, Value Added Manufacturing and Health and Biotechnology.

International cooperation

The MCST is also the national agency responsible for spearheading and coordinating Malta’s participation in the EU Framework Programme for Research and has been highly successful in ensuring a high level of participation in the programme. The Council is also participating in over 30 FP7 projects which include a number of NCP projects.

The Malta Council for Science and Technology is currently participating in 3 FP7 ERANet projects:

§  ICT-AGRI - Coordination of European research on ICT and robotics in agriculture and related environmental issues. The overall goal of ICT-AGRI is to strengthen the European Research Area and develop a common European research agenda concerning ICT and robotics in agriculture.

§  SEAS-ERA - Towards Integrated Marine Research Strategy and Programmes isa partnership of the leading Marine RTD Funding Organizations in 18 countries. In addition, a range of observers are associated with the project. SEAS-ERA aims at coordinating the national and regional RTD activities.

§  BS ERA-NET - Networking on science and technology in the Black Sea region. The main objectives of the BS-ERA.NET project are to reduce the fragmentation of the European Research Area (ERA) by improving the coherence and coordination of national and regional research programmes and to develop and strengthen the coordination of public research programmes conducted at national and regional level in the Black Sea Region.

 ARC - Egypt

24. The Agricultural Research Centre (ARC)-Egypt

The Agricultural Research Centre (ARC) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR) is the major engine of agricultural development in Egypt. Since its inception in 1971, it has been mandated to design and implement agricultural research programs within the framework of Egypt's strategy for economic and social development.

The ARC is a semi-autonomous, state-owned research institution governed by a Board of Directors and chaired by the MALR. It embodies 16 services of the Central Administration, 16 research institutes, 8 central laboratories, 10 regional stations, 46 specific research stations, and 23 research administrations throughout Egypt’s governorates and employs more than 9,000 researchers and scientists.

The type of research conducted in ARC is mainly applied research to serve the Egyptian Economy, society welfare and prosperity of the Egyptian people.

Within the national agricultural strategies ARC assumes the following major functions:Developing appropriate agriculture technology needed to ensure the continuous development of agricultural production; Producing new varieties of various field and horticultural crops besides new breeds of livestock, affects agricultural production positively; Planning and implementing research, extension and training programs based on the principle of integrated research, extension teams in all aspects of agricultural activities to effect sustainable upgrading of Egyptian agriculture; Optimizing use of agricultural natural resources, reducing production cost, increasing competitiveness of Egyptian agricultural productions, finding practical solutions to agricultural production constraints, pressuring environment and achieving sustainability of Egyptian agricultural development; Transfer of new technologies to the farming community through extension service, and monitoring their adoption by the end users.

ARC has recently oriented its research programs more towards achieving productivity gains in view of the already limited land and water resource base. New varieties, including shorter-duration ones, have been developed and released; new animal breeds were produced to maximize productivity. Soil amelioration and rationalized use of agro-chemicals is a major focus area of the ARC. Our scientists also participate in product standard-setting to enhance Egypt's competitiveness in the world markets.




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