Territories involved

Mediterranean Ancestral Bridge of the sheep supply chain
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The territories involved in the project

The JESMED project aims to promote the sheep meat sector and in particular the lamb meat of the Noir de Thibar breed, mainly located in the north of Tunisia, and in particular in the governorates of Beja and Bizerte.

Some groups of Noir de Thibar also exist in the regions of Zaghouan and Nabeul, a region also called Cap Bon, the closest to the Italian territory.
Characterised by a sub-humid climate, these regions record an abundant and rich production of forage and farming conditions that are very favourable for the development of livestock.

The territories involved in the project are subject to the respective local authorities and the breeders benefit from the technical intervention of the regional administrations of the Ministry of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries.

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It is important to remember that there is a synergy between the Tunisian and the Italian territory, as the climatic conditions of the northern region of Tunisia are very similar to those of the Sicilian Region. This territorial proximity and the environmental affinity of the cross-border area will allow a complementary work to be carried out on both shores of the Mediterranean to promote the sheep meat supply chain in the two areas concerned in the face of increasingly serious climate changes.

The Italian partners actively act in a territory, Sicily, which, at the moment, does not have any quality mark or label for sheep meat and will benefit from the experience that will be acquired in this project in the field of animal products certification. The Tunisian know-how could be interesting for the Italian territory involved in the project, specifically, the provinces of Catania, Ragusa and Syracuse, as it represents an applicable model for a future enhancement of its productions. Furthermore, the Sicilian territory has environmental and climatic characteristics very similar to the Tunisian ones, therefore a comparable impact of current and future climate changes on sheep production systems.