The Interregional FAO-CIHEAM Research Network on Nuts was created in the 90s upon an agreement signed by CIHEAM and FAO to join efforts of previous networking structures that each institution had been supporting.
The Network is currently working on the following species: Almond, Hazelnut, Walnut, Pistachio, Chestnut and Stone pine. Wide topics are targeted, coverng all aspects of cultivation and industrialization of these species: plant breeding, physiology, agronomical techniques, pests and diseases, fruit quality, processing and markets.
Since its origin, the FAO-CIHEAM Network on Nuts has had a considerable level of activity, aiming to:
The Network has a simple coordination structure and a free membership . The Network involves more than 100 experts belonging to around 20 institutions from 8 Mediterranean countries, and also from other areas of the world where nut cultivation is important (Australia, Chile, Iran, USA…). Collaboration with international organizations such as ISHS and Bioversity International (ex IPGRI) is frequent.
This Network is one of the networks of the European System of Cooperative Research Networks in Agriculture (FAO-ESCORENA)