ICARDA participates in key ministerial meeting

March 31, 2010 at 11:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Left to right: Mr Semsi Bayraktar, President of the Turkish Farmers’ Association; H.E. Mehdi Eker, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Dr Masum Burak, Director General, General Directorate of Agricultural Research; and Dr Mahmoud Solh

CIHEAM (International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies) is an intergovernmental organization working on agriculture and rural development in the Mediterranean basin. The 8th Meeting of Ministers of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of CIHEAM member countries was held in Istanbul, Turkey, 8-9 March. Thirteen countries – Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey – were represented by ministers or senior policy makers. ICARDA, as a special invitee, was represented by Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General, and Dr Mesut Keser, Turkey Country Manager.

Dr Solh’s presentation at the meeting focused on ICARDA’s work in the Mediterranean region, outputs from joint CIHEAM-ICARDA research in previous years, and new opportunities for collaboration. Later, Dr Solh also met with key decision makers including H.E. Mehdi Eker, Turkey’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, to emphasize the role that ICARDA could play, particularly in climate change adaptation, which is a key priority for all CIHEAM countries.

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