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PROFILE

The scientific activities of RAMIRAN will already be familiar to many who have taken part in the consultations, workshops or working groups or who have read the reports and proceedings of these meetings. This introduction aims to place RAMIRAN in context within the FAO and to outline briefly the history and previous activities of the network.

RAMIRAN is part of the ESCORENA network - the European System of Cooperative Research Networks in Agriculture. ESCORENA was established by the FAO Regional Office for Europe (REU) in 1974. It is a form of voluntary research cooperation among interested national institutions involved in research in food or agriculture in European countries. Over the years, ESCORENA has expanded its field of activities to include topics and themes of interest to other countries, particularly those from the Near East and Mediterranean area.

The current objectives of ESCORENA are to:

  • Promote the voluntary exchange of information and experimental data on selected topics.
  • Support joint applied research on selected subjects of common interest according to an accepted methodology and an agreed division of tasks and timetable.
  • Facilitate voluntary exchange of experts, germplasm and technologies.
  • Establish close links between European researchers and institutions working on the same subject to stimulate interaction.
  • Accelerate the transfer of European technology advances to, and in cooperation with, developing countries.

ESCORENA comprises 13 cooperative research networks of which RAMIRAN is one. Today, with its 13 networks, it links over 2500 researchers accross Europe and, in some cases, accross the globe. The networks have a simple and flexible organisation and their activities are basically self-regulating. Most of the networks include sub-networks or working groups covering specific topics. In collaboration with FAO, the networks or working groups convene workshops, technical meetings and network consultations. The ESCORENA networks are grouped into 4 categories : Crops, Livestock, Food and Nutrition and Agri-Environment. Agri-Environment comprises The Sustainable Rural Environment and Energy Network (SREN), that deals with issues including pollinator diversity, renewable energy production and use and organic farming, and RAMIRAN.



Network Coordinators:
Harald Menzi
Tom Misselbrook


EVENTS

4th September - 6th September 2017
The 17th International Ramiran Conference which will take place in Wexford, Ireland

November 27 - 28 - 29 2017
The ManuREsource conference which will take place in Eindhoven, Netherlands


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