Collaborative research in Libya

August 15, 2010 at 6:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Steering Committee meeting, Libya project. The committee’s recommendations will accelerate both research and capacity development

The Agricultural Research Center (ARC) and ICARDA are partners in a large-scale government-funded research program to strengthen agricultural development in Libya. The collaborative program includes three projects – cereals improvement, water harvesting and irrigation management, and small ruminant production.

The second Steering Committee Meeting of the collaborative program was held in Tunis, Tunisia, in June 2010. A senior ARC delegation, working with ICARDA scientists, reviewed ongoing work and future plans. Dr Ibrahim Abdelhadi Balal, ARC Director General, noted the significant achievements made by each project. “I am particularly pleased with ICARDA’s approach, responding clearly and positively to any issues raised,” he said. Dr Balal also stressed the need to further harmonize the collaborative program with Libya’s national research program.

The Steering Committee discussed various issues, including results from last season’s on-farm work, staffing needs, mechanisms to ensure timely disbursal of funds, and integration of multiple technologies at benchmark research sites. In addition, separate meetings for each project focused on technical issues and logistics. ICARDA was represented at the meetings by an eight-member team led by Dr Kamel Shideed, ADG, International Cooperation and Communications. Key recommendations by the Steering Committee include: establishment of a Geographic Information Systems unit at ARC, and strengthening infrastructure at research stations and laboratories (equipment needs have been identified, and acquisition is under way).

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