New multi-partner initiative launched in the Asia-Pacific

July 31, 2010 at 7:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Developing and sharing new technologies: key elements of the new framework for the Asia-Pacific

Research-for-development partnerships in Asia and the Pacific region have taken a leap forward, with the signing of a partnership framework between the Asian Development Bank, IFAD and FAO. The 3-year agreement outlines a framework to support national efforts to improve household food and nutritional security, particularly for small-scale farm households. It was signed during the ADB/FAO/IFAD Investment Forum for Food Security in Asia and the Pacific, held in Manila, the Philippines, 7-9 July.

The framework aims to:

  • Increase the impacts of investments in food security and agriculture
  • Support the development and dissemination of knowledge to improve productivity and strengthen agro-ecosystem resilience
  • Facilitate agricultural trade, through broader partnerships and harmonized regulations
  • Promote the development of enabling policies and effective institutions

Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, noted that: “The key areas identified by the framework are of direct relevance to ICARDA’s portfolio… and are reflected in ICARDA’s ongoing programs in Central Asia, the Caucasus, West Asia, China and South Asia, including Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

ICARDA was represented at the meeting by Dr Kamil Shideed, ADG for International Cooperation and Communications. Given its long experience in the region, the Center can make a significant contribution to this initiative, particularly in technology development, knowledge sharing, and development of enabling policies and institutions. The framework will mean additional funding for research and development – and faster adoption of new technologies to improve food security and nutrition in Asia.


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  1. Hey there ,
    We have 1400 acres in south of India . It depends only on the annual rains . How an we get some help ther?

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