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International Seminar

Fostering camel milk value chain: Challenges and future perspectives facing global changes

CAMILK 2024

October 02-04, 2024 | Djerba, Tunisia

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Bernard FAYE

PhD Paris University

Omar ALHAJ

PhD Petra University, Jordan

Touhami KHORCHANI

Director of International Cooperation at IRA Tunisia

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Bernard FAYE​

Vétérinaire, spécialisé en médecine vétérinaire tropicale, Thèse de l’université Paris-XII et HDR de l’université de Montpellier.

Séjour en Afrique pendant 8 ans (Ethiopie, Niger) pour des activités de recherche et développement (1975-1983) avant de rejoindre l’Institut National de Recherche Agricole (INRA) en tant que directeur du laboratoire d’écopathologie où il travaille sur la vache laitière.

Rejoint le CIRAD (Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agricole pour le Développement) en tant que Responsable du Programme productions Animales (1996), puis en tant que Chef de projet Scientifique (2007).

Il est notamment à l’initiative de la création du Pôle de Recherche sur l’Intensification des Systèmes d’Elevage (PRISE) au Vietnam. Intérêt pour les camélidés lors de son premier séjour en Éthiopie en 1975, étudiant le métabolisme minéral. Peu à peu, grâce à ses multiples programmes de recherche en coopération et à son réseau international de scientifiques camélologues (Afrique du Nord et de l’Ouest et Corne de l’Afrique, Moyen-Orient, Inde, Asie centrale, Amérique latine), il fonde la Société internationale de recherche et de développement sur les camélidés (ISOCARD) en 1996 à Al-Ain (Emirats Arabes Unis) qu’il préside de 2006 à 2009, puis de 2018 à 2023.

En 2010-2015, il a travaillé en Arabie saoudite en tant que consultant de la FAO dans un centre de recherche sur les camelins, puis réalisé plusieurs missions pour le compte de la FAO au Maroc, au Tchad, au Kazakhstan, en Mauritanie et à Oman. Il a coordonné également plusieurs projets européens (SECOVILLE, PROCAMED). Récemment, il a été partenaire du projet européen CAMELMILK (programme PRIMA).

À l’heure actuelle, chercheur émérite au CIRAD et expert international indépendant sur les camélidés. Auteur de plus de 400 publications scientifiques, 340 communications dans des conférences nationales et internationales, 45 livres et chapitres dans des livres, 210 rapports techniques et 12 éditions scientifiques.

PhD Paris University

Omar ALHAJ

Omar Alhaj has excellent expertise in Dairy Biotechnology and is currently working as head of the Nutrition department at the University of Petra, Jordan. His Ph.D. and MSc. were awarded from Wales University, United Kingdom. He serves as a teaching associate professor and industry consultant at several institutions.

He has been granted many research project funds in his field. He authored over 60 manuscripts and book chapters in reputable journals and publishers, and he served as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed reputable journals and has several international research collaborations worldwide.

PhD Petra University, Jordan

Touhami KHORCHANI

Professor Touhami Khorchani, with an h-index of 21, earned his doctorate in Applied Biological Sciences (Animal Production) from the University of Ghent in Belgium. He specializes in animal nutrition, camel breeding, and product quality. Currently, he serves as a
senior researcher at the Livestock and Wildlife Laboratory (Institut des Régions Arides: IRA) in Medenine, Tunisia, where he previously led the laboratory from 2002 to 2017. At present, he holds the role of Director of International Cooperation at IRA.

Since joining IRA in 1988, Pr. Khorchani has been actively involved as a principal investigator or team member in numerous joint research projects funded by esteemed national and international agencies, including ACSAD, EU, UNU, FAO, and FIDA. His expertise lies in optimizing livestock nutrition through the valorization of agricultural by-products and addressing the challenges of climate change on animal species in arid regions, particularly camels and goats.

Pr. Khorchani’s scholarly contributions are wide, with over 185 publications (including papers, books, chapters, and conference papers) at both national and international levels. Among these, more than 55 papers are focused on camel research, ranking him as the 14th most productive author in the field in the world during the period from 1877 to 2022. Furthermore, he is an inventor or co-inventor of several patents related to camel milk, camel milk products, and camel skin.

Beyond his research pursuits, Pr. Khorchani is deeply committed to mentoring young scientists and livestock breeders. He dedicates a significant share of his time to nurturing students and professionals, imparting his wealth of knowledge and experience to inspire future advancements in livestock research. Moreover, he is highly regarded as a reviewer for several international journals and has contributed as a chair or committee member to organizing numerous scientific events at both national and international (including SIEFAD 2014 and the second conference of ISOCARD) levels as well.

Director of International Cooperation at IRA Tunisia