Strengthening partnerships with Egypt

December 31, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

H.E. Amin Abaza, Minister of Agriculture (second from right) endorsed the priorities identified jointly by ARC and ICARDA

An ICARDA team led by Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General, met with key decision makers in Egypt in December, to identify opportunities to expand collaborative research. The ICARDA team met with H.E. Amin Abaza, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, and senior Ministry officials. The meeting reviewed ongoing Egypt-ICARDA collaborative programs and identified priorities for the future. The Minister agreed that four areas in particular – climate variability/change, conservation agriculture, salinity, and water management – were of direct relevance to Egypt. Outcomes from the meeting include: sharing climate prediction maps produced by ICARDA’s GIS specialists; and plans for introducing and testing zero-till seeders to promote conservation agriculture. Five research projects on water management, covering different agro-ecologies, are ongoing. In addition, Egypt’s Agricultural Research Center (ARC) and ICARDA are jointly developing a research proposal on salinity assessment and management as part of a larger regional effort. The team also met with Dr Ayman Abou Hadid, ARC President, and Dr Adel El-Beltagy, Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture.

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