EU-MED AGPOL Impacts of agricultural trade liberalization between the EU and Mediterranean countries



CIHEAM - IAM Montpellier, France


Project coordinator Florence JACQUET
Manager Fatima El Hadad-Gauthier

The International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) was founded under the aegis of the OECD and the European Council on May 21, 1962, as a result of an agreement between the governments of seven southern European countries: Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Turkey. CIHEAM gradually opened up to other countries of the Mediterranean Basin beginning in the eighties. Currently, the Centre numbers thirteen member countries: Albania, Algeria, Egypt, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia, Turkey.
The Centre operates as a networked training, research and development co-operation centre. CIHEAM has four Mediterranean Agronomic Institutes:
  • Bari MAI (Italy),
  • Chania MAI (Greece),
  • Montpellier MAI (France),
  • Saragoza MAI (Spain).
The Montpellier Institute is specialized in agricultural economics, rural development and food policies. The Institute develops training, research and cooperation activities :
Research staff involved in the Project:
Dr. Jacquet works on European agricultural policies. She also participates in the CAPRI team. She has been involved in research work regarding the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. Dr El Hadad-Gauthier is a specialist in commodity systems analysis and strategies with special emphasis on fruit and vegetables' sector in the Mediterranean countries. Dr. Tozanli specializes in the study of the agri-food chain with special emphasis on the strategies of the main players in food processing and food retailing. She will work on the characterization of the agricultural production, processing, distribution, and retail systems in Mediterranean countries. Dr. Lerin works on international markets and the Mediterranean region. Dr. Ilbert is a specialist in regional and international negotiations. Dr. Petit is Professor in the Economics and Social Sciences Department of the National Agronomic Institute in Paris. He is also affiliated with CIHEAM/IAMM. He has published extensively on both European and US agricultural policies.