Strengthening ties with Abu Dhabi

November 15, 2010 at 6:59 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Commitment to broader partnerships in Abu Dhabi. Senior management from ADFCA and ICARDA have identified priority areas for collaborative research

Research partnerships between the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) and ICARDA are set to expand, following a meeting last month between H.E. Rashid Khalfan Al Shariqi, ADFCA Director General, and a delegation led by Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General. The discussions, involving senior management from both institutions, focused on areas where ongoing collaboration could be expanded: indigenous fodder crops, production of high-value crops under protected agriculture, the use of GIS and remote sensing to re-classify UAE’s agro-ecological zones, and date palm production and post-harvest management.

The ADFCA is establishing a specialized center on food security, which will lead the planning and implementation of the national food security program. H.E. Al-Shariqi noted that well targeted collaborative research programs with ICARDA could greatly strengthen the new center. A team of scientists from both institutions is now working to develop an expanded workplan.

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