Australian partners help strengthen research capacity in Iraq

November 10, 2009 at 10:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Iraqi graduate students at UWA: new capacity to face new challenges

Research centers and government agencies in Australia are playing a key role, in partnership with ICARDA, in strengthening national research capacity in Iraq.

H.E. Robert Tyson, Australian Ambassador to Iraq, visited ICARDA last month. He met with Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA’s Director General, to discuss future capacity building efforts; and to participate in the ACIAR-AusAID Iraq Project meeting, where workplans and budgets were discussed for the coming season. The project is helping to promote conservation cropping in Iraq, with linked activities – and benefits – in Syria. Participants at the meeting included researchers and administrators from Australia and Iraq.

More than 100 Iraqi researchers are currently studying in Australia at UWA and other institutions; and many others have participated in training programs. This year, ten researchers from the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture have joined UWA for a Masters program. “Iraqi agriculture faces some very serious challenges,” Prof. Kadambot Siddique, Director of the Institute of Agriculture, University of Western Australia said. “The Iraqi graduate students at UWA will be well trained to address those challenges.”

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