Expanding collaboration

November 30, 2010 at 7:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The President was strongly supportive of expanding India-ICARDA research partnerships

“Dryland farming is vital for the food security of the human population,” the President said. “I come from a dryland farming background myself and am keenly interested in technologies that can increase productivity in drylands. I congratulate ICARDA’s scientists who have made – and continue to make – substantial contributions to agricultural development.”

The President expressed hope that partnerships between ICARDA and Indian research organizations would grow even stronger. She pledged the government’s support “for ICARDA’s work in general, and particularly for collaborative India-ICARDA projects.”

“I convey my good wishes for your continued success, and to the dedicated scientists whose work has built this institution,” the President added. She toured fields and laboratories at Tel Hadya, including the genebank, the integrated pest management laboratory and the GIS unit.

Welcomed by children from the International School of Aleppo

ICARDA publications: helping to share knowledge worldwide

India meets India. Left to right: Dr Sanjay Rajaram, formerly head of ICARDA’s crop improvement research; Dr SK Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR; Dr Mohan Saxena, Senior Advisor to the Director General

Foreground, left to right: Her Excellency the President; her husband Dr Devisingh Shekhawat; Dr J.S. Samra, CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority; Dr Mahmoud Solh; Dr Maarten van Ginkel, ICARDA’s Deputy Director General for Research

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The President with ICARDA staff and visiting dignitaries

“I congratulate ICARDA and its dedicated team of researchers…” the President’s comments in the Visitors’ Book

The President receives a silver shield from Dr Solh. Also in the photo, left to right: H.E. Mansour Azzam, Minister for Presidential Affairs, Government of Syria (extreme left) ; Dr Devisingh Shekhawat (extreme right)

From the President’s office

A press release issued by the President’s office said (in part):
“Earlier today, I also paid a visit to ICARDA in Aleppo, another historic city in Syria. A number of Indian scientists are working in and are closely associated with ICARDA. Dryland farming is of great importance for global food security as well as for a second Green Revolution in India. As 40% of farming in our country is dryland farming, the work being done in ICARDA will provide valuable inputs for improving our agricultural productivity and food production. ICARDA has agreed to my suggestion to take up India-specific research and development, for which project assistance could be provided.”

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