Iraq projects: maximizing synergiesFebruary 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) supports several research-for-development programs in Iraq, being implemented jointly by national research organizations, ICARDA, Australian universities and other partners. An AusAID team visited Iraq and Syria in February to discuss how best to exploit synergies between three ongoing projects: conservation agriculture, soil salinity management and capacity building.
Dr Joel Thorpe, Iraq Project Manager, and Dr David Kelly, Consultant, met with project partners in both countries, and with ICARDA scientists and management. The discussions helped outline a framework for the next 3 years, with results from each project contributing to the broader goal of sustainable agricultural development in Iraq. Detailed workplans and budgets are now being developed. In Syria, the AusAID team visited research plots at ICARDA’s Tel Hadya station, workshops where Syrian entrepreneurs are producing low-cost zero-till seeders, and zero-till demonstrations on farmers’ fields in the Al Bab and Qabbaseen areas north of Aleppo.