Strengthening partnerships in the CAC region

June 30, 2010 at 6:17 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

H.E. Orazmurad Gurbannazarov (right), Minister of Agriculture, Turkmenistan, receives a silver plate from Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General

Top decision makers from Central Asia and the Caucasus have commended ICARDA’s research in the region – and particularly its partnership-based approach. This feedback came during a visit to the region, earlier this month, by Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General.

Partnerships in Azerbaijan. Right to left: Dr Asad Musaev, Director General, Agrarian Center; H.E. Bakhrom Aliev, Deputy Minister of Agriculture; Dr Mahmoud Solh; and Dr Zakir Khalikulov, Coordinator of ICARDA’s CAC Regional Program

In Turkmenistan, Dr Solh met with H.E. Orazmurad Gurbannazarov, Minister of Agriculture and Dr Gurbanmurat Mezilov, President of the Academy of Sciences. The discussions included a new German funded project, launched recently by ICARDA, to develop salinity tolerant winter wheat with improved quality. Wild relatives of wheat, collected from saline areas in Central Asia, will be used to develop ‘synthetic’ wheat lines for testing in target sites. Several other areas were identified for expanded collaboration, including integrated crop-livestock production, salinity management, irrigation methods and training programs.

In Azerbaijan, Dr Solh met with H.E. Bakhrom Aliev, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, and senior research administrators. The discussions focused on five proposed research projects that were developed jointly by Azeri research centers and ICARDA. The projects aim to strengthen Azerbaijan’s agricultural sector in key areas, including seed systems, genebanks, rangeland management, and improved wheat production systems.

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