IDRC President visits ICARDA

April 15, 2011 at 6:29 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dr David Malone, President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), visited ICARDA headquarters on 27 March to identify areas of common interest and funding opportunities for research projects on poverty alleviation, food security and environmental sustainability.

Dr Malone (second from right) views environment-friendly biocontrol methods to fight insect pests

He was accompanied by Dr Hammou Laamrani, IDRC Senior Programme Officer. IDRC-ICARDA ties go back many years. IDRC was the executing agency responsible for establishing ICARDA in 1977, and remains one of our key donors, supporting a range of research and capacity building programs.

The IDRC delegation met with ICARDA scientists and management, and toured field and laboratory facilities at Tel Hadya. Dr Malone noted that a number of improved technologies, developed by ICARDA and its partners, had been extensively tested and proven, and could be readily outscaled to dryland farming systems in many countries. He was particularly appreciative of ICARDA’s work in conflict zones (e.g. Afghanistan and Iraq), which he said would provide lasting benefits; and of the Center’s participatory approach, where initiatives were led by local communities and national institutions, with ICARDA providing technical advice and backstopping.


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