Research partnerships in North Africa

October 15, 2010 at 9:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Right to left: Hon. John Hogg, H.E. Stephanie Shwabsky, Dr Mohamed El Mourid, Prof. Abdelwahed Trabelsi

Decision makers from Australia and Tunisia visited ICARDA’s Tunis office last month, for a first-hand view of the Center’s work in North Africa. The visiting delegation included Hon. John Hogg, President of the Australian Senate; H.E. Stephanie Shwabsky, Australian Ambassador to Tunisia; Mr Quinton Clements, Senior Advisor to the President of the Australian Senate; Ms Erny Wah, Political and Economic Affairs Attache at the Australian Embassy; and Prof. Abdelwahed Trabelsi, Senator, Chamber of Advisors, Tunisia.

Dr Mohamed El Mourid, Coordinator of ICARDA’s North Africa Regional Program, briefed the visitors about challenges in the region, and the impacts achieved in collaboration with national research centers and other partners. The discussions focused on several areas: climate change, water management, land degradation and food security, and particularly on a new Australian-funded initiative to promote conservation agriculture in the region. The Australian team reiterated their government’s commitment to support ICARDA’s efforts.

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