AARINENA develops action plan for research

December 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The AARINENA retreat helped develop a comprehensive regional plan for agricultural research-for-development

The Association of Agricultural Research Institutes for the Near East and North Africa (AARINENA) held a special retreat at ICARDA headquarters, 22-24 November. The objective of the meeting was to develop an action framework for AARINENA’s programs in West Asia and North Africa, based on the ‘road map’ developed following the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) held in Montpellier, France in March 2010. The participants included senior management from national research systems in 17 countries, ICARDA and several regional and international organizations, and representatives of NGOs, farmer organizations and the private sector. The retreat was also attended by Dr Mark Holderness, Executive Secretary of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, which is coordinating the next GCARD, to be held in 2012.

The discussions culminated in an Action Plan Proposal, which covers a range of areas: near- and mid-term objectives, AARINENA’s role in international agricultural research-for-development (and in relation to the CGIAR’s new Consortium Research Programs), and identification of indicators/benchmarks to monitor implementation of the Action Plan. Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, delivered a key presentation, describing progress in the CGIAR’s reform process, the CGIAR Research Programs, and the implications for agricultural research in the dry regions of West Asia and North Africa.

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