Gaukhar Konuspayeva’s event: ‘The Rise of Camel Milk Marketing in the Mediterranean Basin: Business Opportunities and Sustainable Development Pathways’

15-16 November 2021

Organised jointly by MAK’IT, Montpellier University of Excellence (MUSE)’s ‘Food & Health’ Key Initiative and the joint research units ‘Mediterranean and Tropical Livestock Systems’ (SELMET) and ‘Montpellier Interdisciplinary Center on Sustainable Food Systems’ (MOISA), this international symposium aims to analyse and support the emergence of the camel milk sector around the Mediterranean basin and around the world.

Programme and speakers

Monday 15 November

 9:00 – 9:30 Opening session

Patrick Caron, Director of MAK’IT

Marie-Josèphe Amiot-Carlin, Research Director at INRAE & Head of the KIM ‘Food & Health’

Guillaume Duteurtre, Head, JRU SELMET

9:30 – 12:30 Session 1: State of the art on camel milk products: processing, preservation, nutritional and medicinal quality

Moderator: Bernard Faye, Emeritus Researcher, CIRAD – JRU ‘SELMET

Technological properties of camel milk proteinsSylvie Marchesseau, Professor of Food Science, University of Montpellier & Researcher, JRU ‘Agropolymer Engineering and Emerging Technologies’ (IATE)

Potential of research results in food science for the development of camel milk and associated dairy products Gérard Loiseau, University Lecturer, Montpellier SupAgro & Researcher, JRU ‘QUALISUD’

Knowledge about camel milk genomics: state of the art and perspectivesElena Ciani, Professor at the Department of Biosciences, Biotechnologies and Biopharmaceutics, Bari University, Italy

Proteomics of camel milk, Patrice Martin, Research Director, INRAE, France

Camel milk composition and its potential health benefitsGaukhar Konuspayeva, Professor of Biochemistry, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University & MAK’IT Fellow (JRU SELMET)

Health benefits of camel milk: commercial arguments or scientific truths?Omar al-Haj, Professor at the Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of Petra, Amman, Jordan

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch buffet

Tasting of camel milk products from 3 French dairy farms

14:00 – 17:00 Session 2: Camel milk marketing and new market opportunities in Mediterranean regions

Moderators: Fatima El Hadad-Gauthier, Professor-Researcher, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier (CIHEAM-IAM) & Foued Cheriet, Senior Lecturer in Food Marketing and International Strategy, Montpellier SupAgro & Researcher, JRU ‘MOISA’

The boom of the global camel milk market Bernard Faye, Researcher, JRU ‘SELMET’

Market valuation of camel milk on an extensive basis: How to proceed? The example of camel breeding in TunisiaMohamed Jaouad, Professor at the Laboratory of Economics and Rural Societies, Drylands Institute, Médenine, Tunisia

Market demand, ecological footprint and investmentsInna Punda, Agribusiness Specialist Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)’s Investment Centre

Regulatory aspects of camel milk development in EuropeDario Dongo, Director of Food and Agriculture Requirements (FARE), Italia

Camel milk collection system in MoroccoMohamed Sraïri, Hassan II Agronomic and Veterinary Institute (IAV Hassan II), Rabat, Morocco (TBC)

Camel milk marketing system in Algeria: the example of Tedjane Dairy FarmFoudil Laameche, Researcher, University Kasdi Merbah, Ouargla, Algeria (TBC) & Amira Narimane, Veterinary Inspector, El-Oued University, Algeria

Emirati camel milk sales system to the local and international marketsPeter Nagy, Farm Manager, Camelicious farm, UAE

 Tuesday 16 November

9:00 – 12:00 Session 3: Camel milk collection systems and changes in production systems

Moderator: Dario Dongo, Director, FARE, Italia

Changes in camel milk trade, collection systems and production systemsMohammed Bengoumi, Animal Production and Health Officer, FAO Subregional Office for North Africa, Tunis, Tunisia

Which social and territorial contributions of camel milk and its dairy by-products in North-African drylands’ systems? The case of MoroccoLina Amsidder, Researcher, JRU ‘SELMET’, France

Camel milk production system in TurkeyAtakan Koc Professor, University of Aydın Adnan Menderes, Turkey

Camel milk production system in MauritaniaKhaled Mohamed, Mauritanian Centre for the Development of Camel Breeding (CMDEC), Mauritania

Camel milk production, collection and processing systems in KazakhstanShynar Akhmetsadykova, Head of the Camelids breeding department, Kazakh Scientific Research Institute of Animal Husbandry and Forage Production, Almaty, Kazakhstan & Bayan Duysenbek, Director, Aruana dairy, Shieli, Kazakhstan

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch buffet

13:30 – 16:30 Session 4: Synthesis and recommendations

Round-table 1: Research priorities on camel milk and its processing
Moderator: Christian Corniaux, Researcher, JRU ‘SELMET’

Bernard Faye, Researcher, JRU ‘SELMET’
Omar Al-Haj, Professor at the Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of Petra, Amman, Jordan
Marta Garron Gómez

Round-table 2: Development challenges in the camel milk sector
Moderator: Elena Ciani

Mohamed Bengoumi, Animal Production and Health Officer, FAO Subregional Office for North Africa, Tunis, Tunisia
Cécile Magnan, Veterinary, Gard Department, France
Amira Narimane, Veterinary Inspector, El-Oued University, Algeria

Closing remarks – TBC

Detailed programme in PDF format here

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Proceeding (.pdf)