Strengthening agricultural development in SudanStrengthening agricultural development in Sudan

May 30, 2010 at 5:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Sudanese delegation at Tel Hadya, with ICARDA scientists

Senior research managers and policy makers from Sudan visited ICARDA headquarters, 4-8 May, to discuss technical support for a large-scale program to revive the country’s agricultural development. The delegation comprised H.E. Prof. Ahmed Ali Ahmed Geneif, former Minister of Agriculture and Chief Advisor, Agricultural Revival Program; Dr Elsadig Mohamed, Director General, Agricultural Research Corporation (ARC); Dr Babiker Elhag Musa Omer, Coordinator, Technology, Productivity and Quality Control, Agricultural Revival Circle; and Dr Abdelrazig Elbashir Mohamed, Secretary for the Agricultural Commodity Councils. They were accompanied by Dr Fawzi Karajeh, Coordinator of ICARDA’s Nile Valley and sub-Saharan Africa Regional Program, and Dr Hassan El-Awad, Head of ICARDA’s Khartoum office.

The Sudanese delegation at Tel Hadya, with ICARDA scientists

Following discussions with ICARDA scientists and management, a comprehensive 5-year program of collaborative research was proposed, to be implemented jointly by the Agricultural Revival Authority, ARC and ICARDA, together with other partners.

Program components will include: productivity enhancement in date palm, wheat and legume crops; protected agriculture technologies; water harvesting; and establishment of an integrated ‘model’ research site for irrigated agriculture, perhaps within the Gezira scheme. Other components include GIS-based mapping and analysis, integrated pest management, socio-economics, and capacity development. An integrated program on rangeland and livestock will be developed in consultation with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), with a view to scaling out technologies through IFAD development projects in Sudan.

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