ORGANIC ECOSYSTEM online kick-off meeting was held last week. The opening remarks were made by His Excellency Dr. Saleh Al-Kharabsheh, Jordan’s Minister of Environment and Agriculture and Mr. Omar Abu Eid, representative of the EU Delegation to the Kingdom of Jordan. Both highlighted the importance of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation over the years, putting a special emphasis on the influence of having solid regional economic clusters to endure the virus’s impact and to create long term prosperity for all.
Dr. Esmat Al Karadsheh, ENI CBC MED Programme Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office Coordinator and representative of the Managing Authority, made a review about how the ENI CBC Programme has adapted to the pandemic scenario and its strategic role in regards employment creation and economic relief in the Mediterranean region.
During the afternoon session, other European cooperation projects with shared approaches were presented.
ORGANIC ECOSYSTEM project aims at reducing the obstacles for the development of organic agriculture and make the MSMEs operating in organic agriculture more competitive and better integrated. The project intends to establish a cross-border agro-food ecosystem which will set the ground for the development of the Mediterranean whole organic sector. This will be encouraged through new business alliances, creation of innovative value chains, and specialized support provided to MSMEs to increase the quality and the commercialization of products and their capacities to access to new markets.