The 6th Meeting of MED-Amin, the Mediterranean Cereal Market Information Network, took place in the Agropole of Meknes, the 22 and 23 January at the invitation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, rural development, water and forests of Morocco.
Launched in 2014 by the Ministers of Agriculture of the 13 member states of the CIHEAM and coordinated by the CIHEAM, the network brings together around fifty participants from the 13 CIHEAM countries.
These experts, supported by the Joint Research Center of the European Commission and the Agriculture Market Information System Secretariat (AMIS) based at the FAO, continue their work of compiling market data on wheat, barley, maize and rice and cereal balance sheets, as well as the experimentation of a Mediterranean system of early crop estimation. The experts also established in Meknes the road map for 2019.
This sixth meeting was, for the first time, partly open to the private sector with the participation of representatives of professionals from Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, and France.
Two roundtables allowed participants to exchange on the interest of dialogue and of reinforced cooperation between the private and public sector in favor of greater transparency of the cereal markets at the service of regional and global food security.
The first round table showed the importance of the dialogue between all the actors of the markets in order to improve the quality and especially the availability of data making it possible to anticipate the evolution of the grain markets in the short and medium term.
The second round table, devoted to the wheat sector, considered the evolutions, trends, and prospects of this essential market for Mediterranean food security.
The next meeting of MED-Amin will take place in Spain. The country is taking the rotating presidency of the network.