Partnerships in Iran

October 15, 2010 at 9:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Iran-ICARDA coordination meeting, attended by scientists from 12 national research centers

The 18th Iran-ICARDA Annual Coordination Meeting, held in Karaj, Iran, last month, brought together more than 130 scientists from twelve national research institutes and from ICARDA. The meeting was opened by H.E. Dr Jahangir Porhemmat , Deputy Minister of Jihad-e Agriculture and Head of the Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO). The Minister reiterated the importance of this partnership, not only for Iran but also for dryland areas across the region. The ICARDA delegation included Dr Maarten van Ginkel, Deputy Director General for Research, Dr Mohammed Roozitalab, Coordinator of the Iran-ICARDA Program, research program directors and senior scientists. Their presentations focused on the results achieved through these partnerships, as well as future challenges such as the spread of wheat rust diseases.

The meeting discussed the progress made in each collaborative project, in plenary and in two technical sessions on crop improvement and water and land management. Activities will be scaled up next year in a number of areas including bread and durum wheat, winter barley, food legumes, forage crops, conservation agriculture, biotechnology, water and land management, crop-livestock systems and small ruminant nutrition. In a separate meeting, H.E. Dr Porhemmat agreed with the scientists’ recommendation that collaboration  on highland agriculture be strengthened.

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