Partnerships for global benefitNovember 30, 2010 at 9:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, acknowledged the generous support provided by the government of Syria, which hosts the Center’s headquarters. He presented an overview of ICARDA’s work, highlighting collaboration with research organizations in India, and outlined how this partnership was delivering benefits to farmers in dry areas not only in India, but in developing countries worldwide. Collaborative projects with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and its various institutions, the National Rainfed Area Authority, and agricultural universities in India cover a number of areas, including improvement of staple food and fodder crops, biodiversity conservation and use, rainwater harvesting, water productivity, livestock husbandry, and socio-economics and policy. Priorities include: increasing yield and stress tolerance in legume crops, strengthening crop-livestock systems in dry areas, and promoting value-added products to increase farm income.
Ongoing and planned research projects involve 27 Indian institutions from 14 states, and are facilitated by ICARDA’s regional office for South Asia and China. The office, located in New Delhi, is hosted by ICAR. For more details on India-ICARDA collaboration, click here.