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(Mediterranean Agricultural Information Network) Fostering cooperation and experience sharing among the national information systems on agricultural (cereals) markets in the Mediterranean. The network of 13 countries is coordinated by CIHEAM, and more specifically by its Mediterranean Agronomic Institute (MAI) of Montpellier.
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Abandoned Farm Auctions Attract a New Generation of Italian Farmers

Abandoned Farm Auctions Attract a New Generation of Italian Farmers | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Italy’s Bank of the Lands and Ismea, the Insti­tute of Ser­vices for the Agri­cul­tural Food Mar­ket, have raised much more atten­tion than they expected from young farm­ers seek­ing lands and busi­nesses to cul­ti­vate.
Ismea, the insti­tu­tion behind the ini­tia­tive, noted that in the last few months, 1,709 of what are called ​“new gen­er­a­tion farm­ers” have applied to buy farm­ing lots, groves and fields placed on the mar­ket by the bank.

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Set-up of Public Procurement Programs in School Canteens to Valorize Agrobiodiversity of Cereals

The project CERERE2020 funded by the Horizon 2020 Program is dedicated to promote the diversity in organic and low input food systems in particular for cereals/grains.

Here is an example of Practice Abstract of an initiative carried out in Italy that foster the use of local and diverse cereal varieties in the school canteen diet.

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Italy's Grains Outlook and Forecast (World Grain)

Italy's Grains Outlook and Forecast (World Grain) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

May 3, 2018 - by Chris Lyddon

Italy has a diverse grains sector, with the country’s climate and taste for pasta making durum wheat an important crop. It needs to import wheat to fulfill the needs of its milling industry. It’s by far the European Union’s biggest producer of soy and of rice. Politically, Italy has been a strong opponent of genetically modified crops, while it is now pushing to develop advanced biofuels.

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Italy: Sales Slump, Drought, Hit Already Struggling Sicilian Farmers

Italy: Sales Slump, Drought, Hit Already Struggling Sicilian Farmers | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Olive Oil Times, 11/05 - After seven weeks of a lock­down, things aren’t get­ting any eas­ier for Sicil­ian farm­ers. Now they face two new adver­saries: a sales slump and a drought. Olive oil sales, in gen­eral, have been robust dur­ing the COVID-19 lock­down, but this has not ben­e­fited pro­duc­ers of Sicil­ian extra vir­gin olive oil. Con­sumers are leav­ing their prod­ucts on the shelves in favour of cheaper blends made from imported oils, mostly from Spain and Tunisia...

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Wheat Used in Spaghetti Piles Up in Canada on Italy's Pasta Rule - Bloomberg

Wheat Used in Spaghetti Piles Up in Canada on Italy's Pasta Rule - Bloomberg | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

By Jen Skerrit (Bloomberg), 01/11/2018

On Gerrid Gust’s farm in Saskatchewan, favorable weather this year brought a bumper crop of high-protein durum wheat, the best in the past few years. The grain used to make spaghetti isn’t fetching the usual premium price, though. It’s stuck in storage because of restrictions on pasta by Italy, the world’s top consumer, and popular diets that avoid carbohydrates.

Canada’s durum exports have tumbled 22 percent in the season that started Aug. 1 after Italy implemented country-of-origin regulations on pasta, restricting wheat shipments from the North American country.

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