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Training Workshop on “Food Security Policies in the Arab Countries under the World Food Crisis” , 3-7 August 2008.... click here

International Workshop on "The Contribution of Agriculture to the Process of Economic Reforms in Syria" , 1-2 July, 2007... click here

National Workshop on Policies and Institutions to Enhance Fodder and Feed
Availability in Syria, November 7, 2007 ... click here

4th NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL POLICY WORKSHOP

Under the patronage of the Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, the National Agricultural Policy Center (NAPC), supported by the FAO Project GCP/SYR/006/ITA, organized the 4th National Agricultural Policy Workshop at Cham Palace, Damascus, on the 8th of May 2007.
The Workshop discussed at national and international level, the results of major studies prepared by the NAPC, and by international experts in the field. Distinguished national and international experts gave these presentations. The Workshop program included four sessions; the first discussed the global perspectives for supply and demand for agricultural products. The second presented the results of the NAPC study on non-agricultural activities in rural areas (NARA) and their role in complementing the agricultural production and rural development. The third presentation focused on the recent trends and future challenges of the Syrian agricultural trade, with an outlook for Syrian agricultural systems in the context of the Mediterranean basin. The fourth presentation gave an analysis of the sheep meat comparative advantages and assessment of its supply and demand.

 

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Workshop Program (18kB)

Proceedings of the Workshop (PDF 785KB)

3rd NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL POLICY WORKSHOP

Under the auspices of the Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, the National Agricultural Policy Center (NAPC), supported by the FAO Project GCP/SYR/006/ITA, organized the 3rd National Agricultural Policy Workshop at Cham Palace, Damascus, on 1 July 2004.

The Workshop represented an important benchmark in the activities of the Project “Assistance for Capacity Building through Enhancing Operation of the National Agricultural Policy Center”, executed jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform of the Syrian Arab Republic (MAAR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with funds provided by the Italian Government.

It was organized to disseminate and discuss, in a national forum, the results of three major studies prepared in the course of the project activities: “The Farming Systems in the Syrian Arab Republic”, “Comparative Advantage of Selected Syrian Agricultural Products”, and “Syrian Accession to WTO: Requirements and Opportunities”.

The program of the Workshop included an opening ceremony, a short session presenting the activities of the Project and of the NAPC, and a session for each  study presented. Attendance to the workshop included policy makers and public officers from all main departments of the MAAR, other Ministries and various public establishments, Members of the Parliament, academics from various universities, stakeholders from the private sector, representatives of various professional and nongovernmental organizations, and representatives of international organizations and embassies.

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workshop program

Proceedings of the Workshop (PDF 785KB)

Farming Systems Power Point Presentation (ppt 29.5MB)

Comparative Advantages Power Point Presentation (ppt 2.2MB)

Syrian Accession to WTO: Requirements and Opportunities (ppt 160kb)

Syrian Accession to WTO: Requirements and Opportunities - Discussion (ppt 49kb)

2nd NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL POLICY WORKSHOP

The Second National Agricultural Policy Workshop was held in Damascus on the 12th of January 2002 under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Noureddin Mona, former Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform.

It was organized to disseminate and discuss, in a national forum the results of three major studies prepared in the course of the project activities:

• “Implications for the Syrian Agricultural Sector of a Possible Co-operation and Trade Agreement with the European Union”, by Prof. Jose Maria Garcia Alvarez Coque, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain,

• “The Utilization of Water Resources for Agriculture: Analysis of the Current Regime and Policy”, by Prof. Consuelo Varela Ortega, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, and

• “A Strategy for the Development of Syrian Agriculture”, by Prof. Alexander Sarris, University of Athens, Greece.

It also offered an opportunity for informing a wide audience on the salient features of the FAO Project GCP/SYR/006/ITA, at that time in its second phase, and of the National Agricultural Policy Center (NAPC), which was established by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, and was being set up with the support of the project.

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Proceedings of the Workshop (PDF 307KB)

Assessing EU-Syrian Association Agreement in agriculture (ppt 251KB)

Utilization of Water Resources for Agriculture in Syria (ppt 2.5MB)

A Strategy for the Development of Syrian Agriculture (ppt 3.3MB)

The National Agricultural Policy Center (ppt 7.2 MB)

The FAO Project GCP/SYR/006/ITA (ppt 94KB)

 

1st NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL POLICY WORKSHOP

 

Between the 31st of October and the 2nd of November 2000, the First National Workshop on Agricultural Policies was held within the context of the “Assistance in Institutional Strengthening and Agricultural Policy Project” implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations with the highly appreciated support of the Italian Government.

On this occasion, H.E. Mr. Asa’ad Mustafa, former Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, confirmed that the Syrian Government gave big importance to the project and would have offered all possible support to make it fruitful and productive.

H.E. referred to the fact that Syria has started the process of economic development and reform since the 1970s under the leadership of president Hafez Al Assad and the process kept moving ahead under the leadership of H.E. president Bashar Al Assad with a view to coping with international changes. He also introduced the studies presented during the meeting, carried out by distinguished national and international experts:

• A proposal for an “Agricultural Development Strategy” (by Prof. A. Sarris, FAO Consultant);

• “The Citrus Sub-sector: Analysis and Policy Options” (by a team including Mr M. Westlake, FAO Consultant, national consultants and a number of NAPC trainees);

• “Agro-food Marketing in Syria” (by a team including Prof. D. Rama, FAO Consultant, national consultants and a number of NAPC trainees);

• “The Livestock Sub-sector” (by Mr G. Cummins, FAO Consultant, S. A. Madani, FAO RNE, Cairo, national consultants and a number of NAPC trainees);

• “The Olive Oil Sub-sector” (by Prof. I. Malevolti, FAO Consultant, national consultants and a number of NAPC trainees).

The presentations were followed by a lively debate that contributed to the formulation of recommendations, useful for the future developments of Syrian agricultural policies.

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Agro-food Marketing in Syria (ppt 167KB)

Citrus Sub-sector: Analysis and Policy Options (ppt 71KB)

Livestock Sub-sector (ppt 160KB)

Project's Training Activities (ppt 236KB)

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