Studies & Expertise

  • Development of strategy for agriculture in Saudi Arabia to the year 2030.
  • Opportunities for export to the USA: a survey on the high added value Moroccan horticultural sector.
  • Non tariff measure affecting agro-food trade between the European Union and Africa.
  • Strategy and a five-year plan of action of the Date International Council.
  • Feasibility study for the development of Fair Trade for the Moroccan vegetable sector.
  • Study of the development of date palm growing in the Sahel countries- Great Green Wall of the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative.
  • Feasibility study for the implementation of a citrus fruit packinghouse in the Alula region of Northern Saudi Arabia.
  • International trade of dates.

 

Technical assistance & Advice

  • Conception and implementation of Integrated Farming Systems in Saudi Arabia.
  • Accompaniment of associations, cooperatives and Moroccan enterprises in the improvement of citrus and vegetable production techniques.
  • Development of a cooperative program in agriculture with Libya.
  • Technical assistance for the development of date palm in Djibouti and Soudan.
  • Contribution to the editing of the rehabilitation program of date palm industry in Irak.
  • Conception and implementation experimental plantings of varieties of olive, citrus and date palm in different regions of Saudi Arabia.

TRAINING & HUMAN RESOURCES

  • Organization of Workshops for Saudi agricultural cooperatives on Protected Geographical Indicators and management of agricultural farms.
  • Training for staff, workers, growers and packers in various countries (Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Peru …) on techniques for fruiting, improving fruit size and production for citrus in the field and packing and preserving fruit quality post harvest.
  • Practical training on developing date palm culture for Namibian and Mexican growers and packers.
  • Training for technicians and engineers of the citrus and vegetables private sector.
  • Organization of study tours abroad for growers and techniciens of the private sector  and for staff of the Ministry of Agriculture of Morocco, Niger, Namibia and Saudi Arabia on production and valorization of date palm, citrus, olive and local products and on irrigation, fertilization, plant protection, pruning etc.
  • Organization and supervision of study tours to Florida, California and Spain for growers and technical staff of the citrus and vegetable sectors.

Scientific & Technical events

  • Organization of an international conference on the creation of the Date Palm International Council, Riyad, Saudi Arabia, 2013 (17 participating countries).
  • Organization of regional Workshops (for MENA countries) on food security and on genetic resources of date palm, Saudi Arabia (2006, 2013).
  • Partner in the organization of international conferences on date palm in Namibia (2000), United Arab Emirates (2006, 2010, 2014), Saudi Arabia (2003-2015).
  • Organization of a regional workshop on standards for dates, Saudi Arabia, 2014.
  • Partner in the organization of the XII International Citrus Congress.  Spain, 2012 (more than 1500 participants).
  • Partner in the organization of the All Africa Horticultural Congress, Nairobi, Kenya, 2009.
  • Organization of the X International Citrus Congress, Agadir, Morocco, 2004 (more than 1200 participants) with production of 3-volume Proceedings.
  • Organization of an international shortcourse on plant biotechnologies for ICGEB, Marrakech, Morocco, 1995, 1996.

Research & development

  • Supervision of Theses, Memoires and Reports on aspects related with the development or improvement of production techniques, yield and quality improvement and preservation, packing and storage of fruits and vegetables.
  • Supervision of Theses and Memoires on date palm and olive (production, protection, in vitro propagation).
  • Contribution and management of various research projects on citrus, tomato, date palm, olive … (EuroMedCitrusNet, IRSES, IRRIQUAL, SIRRIMED, MYRISME, IRRISPLIT, …).
  • Elaboration and implementation of research projects on the study of effect of factors such as variety, rootstock, soil, climate and cultural practices on flowering, production, fruit quality etc.  of citrus financially supported by USDA and the Moroccan private sector.
  • Evaluation of the Horticultural Research and Development Center at Najran, Saudi Arabia.
  • Elaboration of a Technical Manual  on citrus growing in Saudi Arabia.
  • Elaboration of technical Fact Sheets and brochures on growing of diverse fruit and vegetable species, plant diseases and pests, best practices for harvest and postharvest handling of fruits and vegetables.
  • Publication of research results in scientific journals and technical reviews destined to technicians, growers, packers, farm managers and fruit and vegetable packinghouse staff.
  • Publication of books and book chapters on citrus, dates and camel.