Near East Regional Commission on Agriculture (COAG/NE)

Commission régionale de l'agriculture pour le Proche Orient

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1983, at 83rd Session of the Council of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), following recommendation by regional conferences for the Near East of the FAO, Apr 1981, Rome (Italy), and Oct 1982, Nicosia (Cyprus). Assigned the functions previously carried out by 3 commissions: Animal Production and Health Commission in the Near East, set up 1967; Commission on Horticultural Production in the Near East and North Africa, set up June 1964; and Near East Plant Protection Commission, set up 1963. Ceased to exist when merged with Regional Commission on Land and Water Use in the Near East (LWU) to form Agricultural and Land and Water Use Commission for the Near East (ALAWUC).


Conduct periodic reviews and appraisals of problems in the Region relating to agriculture. Promote formulation and implementation of regional and national policies and programmes regarding: (i) development and management of natural resources; (ii) crop management, crop protection, seed production and development, and grassland, forage and feed resources; (iii) animal health and animal genetic resources, dairy and meat development, and livestock production; (iv) agricultural services, including - marketing and credit, food and agricultural industries, agricultural engineering and prevention of food loss; (v) agricultural research systems, including - technology assessment and transfer, environment planning and management, and energy policies for sustainable rural development. Strengthen regional technical cooperation in exchange of information and expertise. Provide guidance on training and manpower development programme.

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Biennial sessions. Makes recommendations on regional policy, including the setting up of Near East Cooperative Networks in Agriculture (NENACOREN). Current concerns include: integrated control of whitefly; systems perspectives for sustainable dryland development; plant quarantine; animal quarantine; biotechnology and its potential applications in the region; status and control of apicultural diseases. Advises on implementation of national and regional projects on pest and insecticide management. Encourages: national cooperation in international agreements and regulations; strengthening of quarantine laws and facilities; collaboration in disease reporting; identification of biotechnology and genetic engineering techniques of potential in addressing agricultural problems; integration of such into breeding and germplasm conservation programmes; exchange of germplasm, knowledge, experience and research results.


Arabic, English.

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  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • Agriculture
    • FAO Bodies

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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