Strategic partnership with IFAD

August 15, 2010 at 6:13 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The IFAD-ICARDA strategic framework will help scale out proven, low-cost farming technologies

The long-standing partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is set to expand further, with the development of a comprehensive framework to guide future investments. This follows a meeting last month between Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, Dr Kamil Shideed, ADG-ICC, and senior IFAD staff: Mr Kevin Cleaver, Associate Vice-President, Programmes; Mr Nadim Khouri, Director, Near East and North Africa Division; and Dr Mylene Kherallah, Regional Economist, NENA Division. The framework aims to integrate research grants into development funding, so that new technologies can be developed faster and more efficiently, and integrated within IFAD-funded development programs. Crucially, it envisages a long-term, multi-year commitment rather than grants for individual research projects.

Currently available, proven technologies developed by ICARDA and its partners will be scaled out through ongoing IFAD development projects. And the two institutions will work together to identify research gaps and develop new projects to respond to emerging challenges such as climate change.

A detailed review of ICARDA technologies has been completed, identifying specific technologies that match IFAD’s investment priorities. These ‘entry points’ have grouped into three thematic areas:

  • Improving agricultural productivity and food security (covering crop, rangeland and livestock systems)
  • Climate change and natural resource management (addressing water scarcity and land degradation)
  • Income generating activities and empowerment of women (value addition, capacity development, markets, institutions)

Specific technologies in each of these areas are part of ongoing or planned projects. Therefore, IFAD investments will have significant multiplier effects. In summary, the framework creates new opportunities to build on past successes to fight poverty and food insecurity in dry areas worldwide.

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  1. I want to know about the agricultural development programs for Afghanistan; we (our family) have about 200 acres rain field which is possible to convert it to irrigated field in Takhar Northern Province of Afghanistan.
    I want to know if it is possible to get agro credit from ICARDA or not. Otherwise would you please advise me what to do, from where I can get financial assistance?


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