Steppes to success

October 7, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The CGIAR research consortium for Central Asia and the Caucasus: 8 countries, 11 international research centers and universities, one goal

A consortium led by ICARDA is helping to revitalize agriculture in the eight countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC): Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. Research will focus on five broad areas: food security in the context of climate change, mountain agriculture, high-value crops, wheat-based farming systems, and conservation agriculture methods to control land degradation. Scientists and administrators from national research programs, universities and international research centers came together for two meetings in Georgia last month. At the first meeting, scientists from ICARDA and national research centers discussed workplans and budgets for next year. The second meeting involved the full range of stakeholders, including CGIAR Centers and other consortium partners. It helped define longer-term research priorities, and the roles of each partner in the consortium.

Starting next year, a series of impact assessment studies will be conducted, to measure how the consortium’s work has helped improve food security and livelihoods in the region.

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