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Professor Mohammed Sadiki, currently Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Forests of the Kingdom of Morocco, has been elected today, President of the International Centre for Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) by the 13 member countries of the centre. The election took place during the 141st Governing Board meeting of the Organization the 21 December 2018, in Paris.  Professor Mohammed Sadiki succeeds to Professor Masum Burak holding Turkish nationality.


Holder of a PhD, a Doctorate of Agricultural Sciences, a degree of engineer in Agronomy and a Master (DEA) in plant genetics, Mr. Sadiki has garnered thirty-three years of professional life rich in varied experiences and know-how at the crossroads of academic, scientific, research-innovation and agricultural development. His career accounts many responsibilities at different high-level positions in education and training, research and innovation, and agricultural and rural development. He has extended his skills to issues of development policy analysis and developed a solid know-how in international cooperation, networking and partnership facilitation, through networks and long-standing relationships with notably donors and development agencies.

In this frame, he has been actively involved with CIHEAM in different capacities and two qualities: Delegate of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Governing Board of the CIHEAM (since June 2009) and vice-president of the Board.

His rich and diversified profile, his human qualities and righteousness, his strong capacity to enhance multilateral cooperation in the region current context, and his determination and commitment to the CIHEAM, have been unanimously recognized by the Governing Board.  

Established in 1962, the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies

(CIHEAM) is an intergovernmental organisation composed of thirteen Member States (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey). The CIHEAM operates through its 4 Institutes based in Bari (Italy), Chania (Greece), Montpellier (France) and Zaragoza (Spain) and the Headquarters based in Paris.


As a key player in multilateral cooperation in the fields of agriculture, food, fisheries and rural territories, its missions revolve around four main objectives:

  • Protection of the planet by combating waste in all its forms including waste of knowledge and know-how;
  • Food and nutrition security by boosting sustainable agriculture and food;
  • Inclusive development by investing in new generations and fragile territories;
  • Prevention of crises and resilience of territories.


The CIHEAM Action Plan for the Mediterranean 2025 (CAPMED 2025) that falls within the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development of the United Nations is based on these four lines. The CIHEAM carries out its missions through the tools of specialised training, network research, cooperation, technical assistance but also political dialogue and partnerships.


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