Placido Plaza, Secretary General of the CIHEAM

Plácido Plaza is an Agricultural Engineer with an extensive experience in applied agronomy both in Latin America and in the Mediterranean. He has a long experience in coordinating research networks with universities, research bodies and institutions on Mediterranean Agricultural and Natural Resources-related issues. He has also managed EU-CIHEAM cooperation programs and coordinates educational and research activities in CIHEAM General Secretariat.


Cosimo Lacirignola, Secretary General of the CIHEAM (2013-2017)



Passing away of Cosimo Lacirignola, Secretary General of the CIHEAM

With emotion and sadness, the CIHEAM announces the passing away of Cosimo Lacirignola, Secretary General of the CIHEAM, on the 2 January 2018, following a sudden and serious illness.

The first thoughts of the Governing Board, the Advisory Board and all the officials of the CIHEAM go to his wife, his children and close relatives.

Cosimo Lacirignola was a peace builder and a strong advocate of the sharing of knowledge in the Mediterranean.

As a major actor in the field of cooperation and sustainable development, he was a tireless activist for Mediterranean dialogue.

He bequeaths to the CIHEAM a vision and a commitment that the CIHEAM will eagerly intends to develop.

Born on the 31 mai 1957, at San Pietro Vernotico, in the Apuglia region (Italy), Cosimo Lacirignola was married and father of three children.






Speeches and public statements of Cosimo Lacirignola

Speech for the Scientific Consultation and High-Level Meeting on Red Palm Weevil Management, 29-31 March 2017 - FAO, Rome, Italy (French)

Official launch of Mediterra 2016Side-Event of the FAO Council 155th Session, Rome (Italy), 5 December 2016  (French).

COP22, Side-Event "4 for 1000 Day," Marrakesh, 16 November 2016 (French).

COP22, Side-Event on "Climate Smart Agriculture and food waste", FAO-CIHEAM, Marrakesh,16 November 2016 (English).

World Food Day, "Agriculture, Food and Climate Change", FAO, Rome, 13 October 2016 (Italian).

ENPARDMed seminar “Youth, Women and Rural Development: Agricultural Policies Paving the Way Forward”, Brussels, 6-7 October 2016 (French).

11th CIHEAM Ministerial Meeting "Distress Migration: Agriculture and Rural Development can help", Tirana, 22 September 2016 (French).

Signature of Memorandum of Cooperation with the International Olive Council (IOC), Tunis, 15 July 2016 (French).

1st World Conference on Mediterranean Diet, Milano, 8 July 2016 (English). 

Signature of the Memorandum of Cooperation with the French Institute for Agricultural, Forestry, and Veterinary Sciences (AGREENIUM), Paris, 22 June 2016 (French).

European Development Days, Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment in the MENA Region, Brussels, 16 June 2016 (English).

8th meeting of the Mediterranean Organic Agriculture Network (MOAN), Paris, 8 June 2016 (French).

Ministerial Conference “Italia-Africa”, Rome, 18 May, 2016 (English).

33rd FAO Regional Conference for the Near East, FAO-CIHEAM Side-Event “Planting the Seeds of Sustainability from Production to Consumption in the MENA Region” Rome, 11 May 2016 (English).

Launch of the “4 for 1000” initiative COP21, Paris, 1 December 2015 (French).

8th Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), Beirut, 16 November 2015.

G20 Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture, Istanbul, 8 May 2015 (English).

Declaration of the Secretary-General at the FAO, Signing ceremony of a MoU between FAO and CIHEAM, 15 October 2015.


International meeting, "A sea of dialogues - Development of Coastal Communities of the Mediterranean: Analysis, Strategies and Prospects organised by the CIHEAM Bari with the support of the Italian Cooperation, Tricase, 6-7 October 2016.

International workshop, "How Interventions in Agriculture and Food Security can Contribute Towards Stabilization in Syria ?", CIHEAM, Cooperazione Italiana allo Sviluppo; DFID - UK Department for International Development organised in Bari, 28-29 June 2016.

First Ministerial conference “Italia-Africa”, Rome,18 May 2016.

33rd FAO Regional conference for the Near East, Rome11 May 2016.

High-level international seminar on the monitoring of the bacteria Xylella Fastidiosa organised by the Near East Plant Protection Organisation (NEPPO) in Bari, 19-22 April 2016.

United Nations Regional Conference (FAO-GFCM) on "Building a future for sustainable small-fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea", Algiers, 7-9 March 2016.



Struggling against Food Waste in the Mediterranean Region to Strengthen Food Security, IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2015 (English).

Post-2015 Agenda and Mediterranean Issues, Le Huffington Post,18/09/2015 (French).

Post-2015 Development Agenda Agricultural Focus & Mediterranean Challenges, Diploweb, 02/05/2015 (English).


Photos and videos



Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more