New initiatives for West Asia

November 10, 2009 at 10:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Workplans have been finalized for collaborative research in West Asia over the next two years. This was announced following the 2nd Biennial Regional Coordination Meeting held last month at ICARDA’s regional office in Amman, attended by scientists and heads of national research centers from five countries – Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. The research projects, coordinated by ICARDA’s West Asia program, will cover crop improvement, livestock, socio-economics, and management of natural resources – particularly water and rangelands. In addition, several new initiatives are being planned. These include a project on improving food security and livelihoods in the Mashreq countries (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria), for which a formal proposal has been developed. The delegates strongly endorsed the proposal, which will now be pursued with potential funding agencies.

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