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The Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa (AARINENA) was established in 1985 to strengthen cooperation among national, regional and international research institutions and centers through the dissemination and exchange of information, experiences and research results.
Its mission is to contribute to the enhancement of agricultural and rural development in the WANA Region. By fostering agricultural research and technology development and by strengthening collaboration within and outside the region, AARINENA aims to achieve greater degree of self-reliance in food and agriculture, and to improve the nutritional well-being and overall welfare of the people of the WANA Region while sustaining and further improving the productive capacity of the natural resources base.
The Western Asia and North Africa (WANA) region is economically diverse, including both the oil rich countries of the Gulf and resource-scarce countries in relation to their population. The region is composed of five sub-regions (i.e., Maghreb, Nile Valley and Red Sea, Mashreq, Arabian Peninsula, and Western Asia) which cover roughly 21.6 million sq. km with some 610 million people. Population grows at an estimated annual rate of 2.1%, with a life expectancy of about 67 years. Gross National Product (GNP) in the region is around US$ 2200 per capita (Middle East and North Africa region).