Eritrea-ICARDA partnerships

May 30, 2010 at 5:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

H.E. Ato Arefaine Berhe (third from right), Eritrea’s Minister of Agriculture, was honored with an ICARDA plaque

Collaboration between Eritrea and ICARDA includes ongoing research projects in several areas. These partnerships are set to expand, following a meeting in Asmara on 14 May with H.E. Ato Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture. The ICARDA team, led by Dr Kamil Shideed, ADG for International Cooperation and Communication, highlighted specific areas where ICARDA could help address Eritrea’s priority needs, identified by the national research program. This initiative builds on two earlier meetings in May: the annual coordination meeting of the project, Water productivity improvement of cereals and food legumes in the Atbara Basin of Eritrea; and the Eritrea-ICARDA planning meeting.

Farmers and extension staff share experiences at the Eritrea-ICARDA planning meeting

Future plans include: needs assessment and a 5-year training program for Eritrean researchers; joint collection missions to strengthen genetic resources conservation; soil and water conservation methods; integrated watershed management; development of improved crop varieties; disease monitoring and surveillance; seed production and delivery systems; protected agriculture; and integrated crop-livestock systems.

“We thank ICARDA’s management for their strong support to Eritrea; and the Center’s scientists for working closely together with our scientists and field staff,” said the Minister. His views were echoed by senior research administrators, including Ato Heruy Asghedom, Director General, Agriculture Promotion and Development Department; Dr Iyassu Ghebretatios, Director General of the National Agricultural Research Institute; and Ato Amleson Semere, Dean of Hamelmalo Agricultural College.

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