Strengthening collaboration with Nepal

November 15, 2010 at 6:56 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dr Bharatendu Mishra (center), NARC Executive Director, receives a plaque from Dr Kamil Shideed in recognition of his leadership of the national research program. At right: Dr Ashutosh Sarker

The Nepal Agricultural Research Council has identified priority areas where collaboration with ICARDA could be expanded. This followed meetings in Nepal in October, between senior NARC management, Dr Kamil Shideed, ICARDA’s Assistant Director General for International Cooperation and Communications, and Dr Ashutosh Sarker, Coordinator of ICARDA’s South Asia and China Regional Program. The discussions covered ongoing and planned collaborative projects, and the potential for out-scaling technologies (developed by ICARDA and its partners elsewhere) through the Regional Program. Drs Shideed and Sarker also visited the newly established national genebank in Kathmandu, and farmer groups in Sinduli district, where adoption of new NARC-ICARDA lentil varieties is growing rapidly. Women farmers are particularly happy with the new varieties, which they say cook faster and taste better than traditional ones.

NARC and ICARDA are jointly developing concept notes and identifying potential donors, to expand collaboration in several areas including food and nutritional security, natural resource management, socio-economics research and capacity development.

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