Expanding regional partnerships

June 15, 2010 at 5:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dr Saad El Otebi (right), FAO Assistant Director General, discusses new FAO-ICARDA initiatives with Dr Kamil Shideed, ICARDA ADG-ICC

National research centers in Egypt, and international agencies with offices in Cairo, are working with ICARDA to expand regional partnerships to promote new agricultural technologies. Dr Kamil Shideed, ICARDA’s ADG for International Cooperation and Communications, visited key partners in Cairo, to identify specific opportunities for collaboration.

Regional priorities. Discussions with Dr Saad El Otebi, FAO Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for the Near East, highlighted areas of common interest. One example is a conference in December 2010, to identify priorities for the Near East region, and develop a regional action plan to strengthen food security. ICARDA has been asked to contribute to a consultative meeting that will form the basis for discussions on the regional workplan.

Food security. A meeting with Dr Ayman Abu Hadid, President of Egypt’s Agricultural Research Center focused on identifying research sites for a new regional project on food security, to be funded by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development and the Islamic Development Bank, with possible additional support from the Kuwait Fund.

Multiplier effects. Meetings at the International Development Research Center (IDRC) regional office in Cairo focused on opportunities where supplementary funding could help scale out new technologies faster and more widely, including ICARDA’s potential role in IDRC’s Global Food Security Initiative.

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