Research-for-development in Palestine

January 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Steering Committee for the Palestine projects: a good beginning

The Netherlands government and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development are co-funding a series of ICARDA-led projects to strengthen agricultural development in Palestine. The projects, operating in the West Bank and Gaza, cover crop improvement (wheat, barley, lentil, chickpea), water management, and protected agriculture. The first Steering Committee meeting for these projects was held in Amman, Jordan, during 3-4 January. The meeting reviewed progress made in each project. Progress has been encouraging. Project have worked with pilot farmers to establish demonstration plots to promote new varieties, and initiate plans for other project components. Baseline and review studies have been conducted in both West Bank and Gaza.
Key partner representatives, including Ms Heleen van der Beek, Deputy Head of the Netherlands mission in Amman, and Dr Ziad Fadda, Director General of the National Agricultural Research Center in Jordan, noted that the project was advancing well; and pledged continued support.

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