Kuwait Fund announces support for regional food security initiative

February 15, 2011 at 6:49 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Supplemental irrigation in Morocco. The food security project involves national research and extension organizations in six countries, plus many other partners

The Kuwait Fund has signed an agreement to support on an ongoing research-for-development project led by ICARDA: Enhancement of food security in the Arab region. The Kuwaiti contribution represents co-funding for the project, which is currently supported by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB).

The 3-year project targets six countries in West Asia and North Africa; and aims to help improve domestic production of staple food crops, and to build the capacity of national research systems to sustain future growth. Implementation began in the 2010/2011 cropping season. Activities include applied research and dissemination, and a Young Scientist program to provide mentoring to young researchers from the region. Research will focus on wheat-based systems. It will include improved varieties and cropping systems, water productivity, conservation agriculture, pest and disease management, as well as policy and institutional options to improve the productivity and sustainable use of natural resources.

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