CAC partners make research plans

July 15, 2010 at 7:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Participants at the CGIAR regional meeting included ten ministers from the host country, Turkmenistan, and heads of national research programs from eight countries

Two meetings held last month in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, helped develop research plans for the coming years, for Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC). The 13th Steering Committee Meeting of the CGIAR’s Systemwide Program for CAC and the annual Regional Planning Meeting for ICARDA’s CAC Program brought together more than 150 scientists and policymakers from eight countries, and from several international centers. Research results from the 2009-10 season, were reviewed, and workplans developed for the next season. Co-chairs for the CGIAR regional program for the period 2010-2011 were elected: Dr Sherali Nurmatov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Uzbekistan; and Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General. The meeting included a field visit to research sites, where CGIAR Centers and Turkmenistan’s research and extension services are working with farmers to develop and test a range of technologies. Participants in the field visit included H.E. Orazmurat Gurbannazarov, Minister of Agriculture, Turkmenistan.

Both meetings reflected the strong partnerships in the region, and the commitment of national governments to collaborative research. The CGIAR-CAC meeting was inaugurated by H.E. Muratgeldi Akmammedov, Deputy Prime Minister. The Regional Planning Meeting included a presentation by Prof. Kiselev of Moscow State University, outlining plans for a new Russian-funded project for in Central Asia, to be implemented jointly by national research programs and CGIAR Centers.

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