History and Evolution

1999 MOAN foundation

The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (MAIB) launched a network of experts on Mediterranean Organic Agriculture (MOAN) with the objective of furthering organic agriculture in the Mediterranean countries through the activities of promotion, training, research and data collection on the state-of-the-art of organic agriculture in the Mediterranean Basin. MOAN gathered representatives from universities, research institutes, private associations and Ministries of Agriculture from the 11 member countries of CIHEAM (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey and Italy).


MOAN Group photo
Launching Meeting.
MAIB - November 23, 2006


2006 MOAN organization
MOAN became an institutional Network and was enlarged to gather 24 Euro-Mediterranean countries. Country representatives are decision makers of the Ministries of Agriculture dealing with organic agriculture issues. This new organization followed the first Euro-Mediterranean conference on agriculture - held in Venice in 2003 - that recommended organic agriculture to be regarded as a main factor of economic development for the countries of this region and a potential tool for strengthening the Euro-Mediterranean partnership.

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