Strengthening partnerships with ACSAD

June 15, 2010 at 5:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mr Fat’hi Bairam (right), ACSAD Assistant Director General, was honored with a special ICARDA plaque, for his contributions to agricultural development

The Arab Center for the Study of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD) and ICARDA will jointly develop new research projects in two areas: climate change adaptation and conservation agriculture. This was announced following a visit to ICARDA headquarters by an ACSAD team on 19 May. Mr Fat’hi Bairam, ACSAD Assistant Director General, accompanied by Dr Ali Zaidan and Dr Ayman Shehadeh Al-Oudeh, met with ICARDA scientists and senior management to develop project outlines.

Climate change adaptation and conservation agriculture are both priority issues, especially in dry areas. The new projects will build on previous successes achieved by the two partner institutions. ACSAD and ICARDA have collaborated on a number of research projects on crop improvement, crop-livestock systems, biodiversity conservation, natural resource management and socio-economics and policy. These include components of regional initiatives under the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

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