Ties with USDA grow stronger

July 15, 2010 at 7:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

CGIAR representatives met with staff from the Agricultural Research Services of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS) to discuss current trends in agriculture, including current and future challenges; and identify ways to support and enhance collaborative research to address these challenges. The participants included Directors General or other senior representatives from eleven CGIAR Centers (Bioversity, CIAT, CIMMYT, CIP, ICARDA, ICRAF, ICRISAT, IFPRI, IITA, ILRI and IWMI) and research and development staff from USDA and USAID.

The two-day meeting, which was held last month at USDA-ARS, opened with a presentation by Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, on ‘How research can address current trends in agricultural sustainability’. Other presentations described the research plans and priorities of each organization, and identified key research gaps. A new Memorandum of Understanding will be established between USDA-ARS and the Consortium of CGIAR Centers. USDA-ARS and the Centers will continue to work together to identify specific programs and activities to be jointly pursued.

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