Syria-ICARDA launch new partnership

April 15, 2011 at 6:33 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Syria-ICARDA partnerships have been taken to a new level, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between ICARDA and Syria’s Regional Planning Commission. The agreement was signed on 26 March by H.E. Dr Erfan Ali, Head of the Regional Planning Commission, and Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, in the presence of H.E. Abdalla Al-Dardari, Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, and H.E. Ali Ahmed Mansoura, Governor of Aleppo .

Another milestone in Syria-ICARDA partnerships. The new Memorandum of Understanding outlines a research agenda specifically designed to inform national policy development

The new agreement, signed at a workshop on Spatial development challenges and rural development (see above), outlines how Syrian research organizations will work with ICARDA on priority areas identified by national policy makers. The aim is provide analysis and policy input to inform development planning in Syria. Activities will cover three areas:

  • Research to contribute to the development of the new National Framework for Regional Planning
  • Building of a spatial database to support rural development
  • Capacity development and knowledge transfer between ICARDA and Syrian partners.

Ongoing technical consultations between Syrian partners and ICARDA will continue, to develop a detailed research program. The next steps, as outlined by senior national policy makers, is to establish thematic working groups to take this cooperation forward in each of the three priority areas.


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