Workshop on Value Added and Quality Management for Small and Medium Agricultural Enterprises (SMAEs) in the Near East and North Africa Region (NENA)

In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Sultanate of Oman, FAO’s Rural Infrastructure and Agro-industries Division (AGS) and the Regional Office for the Near East organized a regional workshop from 1 to 4 December 2012. Participants were senior-level managers and trainers of trainers from public institutions dealing with small and medium agricultural enterprise development in 11 countries: Egypt, Iraq, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestine, the Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic and Tunisia. The workshop underlined the importance of establishing a systems approach to food quality and safety, to ensure compliance with country regulations and market requirements; provided an array of alternative technologies for increasing value addition, extending shelf-life, reducing food losses and preserving agricultural products; and highlighted the importance of logistics and food quality management systems in improving efficiency throughout the agrifood chain and increasing end-user satisfaction.

The workshop provided a good occasion for enhancing networks of key regional actors in food systems, which can strengthen achievements in the region and tailor future projects to regional needs.

The reactions of national newspapers from the region can be found at the following links (in Arabic):