Arab Fund assures continued support

April 15, 2011 at 6:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Abdulatif Al-Hamad Biosafety Facility at ICARDA headquarters was built with generous support from the AFESD

ICARDA was a special invitee to the Board of Directors meeting of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), held on 4 April in Damascus, Syria. Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General, and Dr Kamil Shideed, ADG-ICC, participated. Dr Solh made a presentation on ‘Harnessing research and innovation for Arab food security’, highlighting technologies and approaches that could enhance food security and agricultural development in the region.

The AFESD Board identified several research areas where ICARDA could contribute, both within and beyond the ongoing AFESD-funded, ICARDA-led regional food security project. These include: salinity-tolerant wheat varieties, gaps between potential and actual yields, water-use efficiency, alternative feed resources and post-harvest losses.

“The results achieved so far are commendable,” said Dr Abdulatif Al-Hamad, AFESD Chairman and Director General. “But we need to strengthen links between researchers and development organizations to disseminate these results more effectively. We assure you that AFESD will continue to support your efforts.”

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