Partnerships in Ethiopia

June 15, 2010 at 5:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Ethiopian delegation discusses research priorities with Dr Mahmoud Solh (right), ICARDA Director General

Scientists and development experts from Ethiopia visited ICARDA last month, to discuss how the ongoing collaborative research program could be expanded. The delegation included four senior staff from the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) – Dr Tolessa Debele, Director of Soil and Water Research; Dr Adefris Tekle Wold, Director of Crops Research; Mr Seoum Bedeye, Director of Livestock Research; and Mr Workneh Abebe, Head, Agricultural Mechanization – and Dr Tesfai Maberatu, Deputy Program Director at the German development agency GTZ. They were accompanied by Dr Geletu Bejiga, ICARDA’s Country Manager, Ethiopia.

Several potential research areas were discussed, where ongoing EIAR-ICARDA collaboration could be expanded. A joint EIAR-ICARDA team will develop two collaborative projects on conservation agriculture and management of salinity-affected land. Other potential areas for collaboration include drainage and water management; land suitability mapping, biotechnology applications, heat- and drought-tolerant varieties, and feed resources.

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