Agriculture and fisheries together account for about 2.8% of
Malta’s GDP, a share that increases to little more than 6% if the whole agri-food
chain is considered. This is one of the main reasons why scientific research
that is specific to the agricultural sector is relatively limited and is only
allocated a very small share of the resources within science and
technology-oriented research activities.
The main agricultural research is carried out by the
Ministry for Rural Affairs and the
, which is a governmental organisation responsible for the
environment, agriculture and fisheries. The Agricultural Services and Rural
development Division (AS & RD), the Food and Veterinary Regulations Division
and the Fisheries
Conservation and Control Division
maintain their own research budgets. The lead institute in agricultural research
within the academia is the Institute of
In a broad sense, agricultural-related research is performed
by a range of organisations including government departments, university,
research institutes, authorities and non-governmental organisations. The
following sites link to selected agricultural research performers:
- Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment
Departments within the Ministry for Rural Affairs and the
are responsible for their respective research area, whereby some of
which are carried out in collaboration with the University of Malta. The
research missions are to develop and implement research programmes, providing
technical and scientific support for policy formulation, while providing
advisory and extension services to the farming community.
The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) is
committed to ensure that land use and the protection of the environment meet the
needs of today's society and future communities. It is working to ensure a
quality of life that will be in harmony with the natural, cultural and built
environment. In so doing it seeks to implement sustainable development that
safeguard the environment. The MEPA has on-going policy-oriented research
programmes that include the rural environment and the agricultural landscape.
Ministry of Education
The University of Malta and the Malta College for Arts,
Science and Technology are the main bodies within the
Ministry of Education
responsible for higher education and agricultural research.
University of Malta
Malta Statistics Authority
National Statistics Office
Institute of Agriculture
The Institute of Agriculture was established within the
University of Malta in February 1993 by Legal Notice 20 of 1993. The aim of the
institute is to organise degree and diploma courses in agricultural sciences;
conduct research in agricultural sciences with particular reference to the needs
of Maltese agriculture; assist in the development of national agricultural plans
and in the efficient use of local agricultural resources; provide professional
advisory and extension services to the local farming community; and pioneer new,
modern technologies in Maltese agriculture.
- Faculty of Science
- Junior College,
Department of Biology
- Malta College for Art, Science and Technology (MCAST)
(MCST) The Malta Council for Science and Technology is the national
advisory body to Government on science and technology policy. The MCST is
responsible for identifying and addressing major science and technology
challenges and issues of strategic importance for Malta, thereby contributing to
the development of coherent and sustainable policy visions and initiatives.
The MCST's main remit is to encourage investments and capacity building in
science and research, with a view to promoting a culture for science, technology
and innovation across the public, private and education sectors.
The National Statistics Office (NSO) is responsible for the
collection, compilation, analysis and publication of a wide range of statistical
information and related matters. The National Statistics Office is governed by
the Malta Statistics Authority Act, 2000.
Maltese agricultural research is funded by National and
International programmes. The Ministry of Rural Affairs and the Environment and
the Ministry of Education are allocated a budget every year for the
implementation of their research programmes and for new programmes and
initiatives. The Planning and Priorities Co-ordination Directorate (PPCD) within
the Office of the Prime Minister, is responsible for the co-ordination of Malta’s
participation in EU programmes.
Planning & Priorities Co-ordination Division