Planning the research agenda

October 30, 2010 at 6:21 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Board approved ICARDA’s strategy for horticulture research. The aim is to create income opportunities, diversify farming systems and reduce risk, by identifying and promoting high-value horticultural crops suited to dry areas. The portfolio will include high-value greenhouse vegetables, dryland fruit trees, and herbal, medicinal and aromatic plants. Research will build on expertise from partner organizations. The Board also discussed ICARDA’s research on gender issues in agriculture. They concluded that wide-ranging studies had been completed, with valuable results. In 2011, the Center will develop a comprehensive strategy for mainstreaming gender research, expand research capacity in the social sciences, and organize an international conference on gender research.

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