New research program on dryland agriculture

April 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Integrated, participatory, demand-driven. The spiral represents the project approach: a community-driven, iterative research cycle, leading to continuous improvement in technologies

The CGIAR Fund Council has approved provisionally CGIAR Research Program 1.1 (CRP1.1), Integrated agricultural production systems for the poor and vulnerable in dry areas. The new program, led by ICARDA, involves some 40 national and international partners, with many more expected to join during the implementation phase. This is probably the first agricultural research program of its size and scope to take a systems approach to solving rural development problems. It combines the expertise of researchers in a range of disciplines: crop improvement, natural resources management, livestock, aquaculture and fisheries, policy and institutions.

Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, presented the proposal to the Fund Council on 5 April, at a special meeting in Montpellier, France, in the presence of Mr Henri Carsalade, Chair of ICARDA’s Board of Trustees, and Dr Maarten van Ginkel, DDG-Research and leader of the CRP1.1 proposal development team.

The proposal was developed over the past year under ICARDA’s leadership, with development and research partners from around the world. Five stakeholder workshops were held, involving national research centers from 20 countries, nine CGIAR Centers (ICARDA, ICRISAT, Bioversity, CIAT, CIP, ILRI, IWMI, ICRAF, WorldFish), the CGIAR Challenge Program for Sub-Saharan Africa, the Global Forum for Agricultural Research, five regional fora – AARINENA (representing the Near East and North Africa), APAARI (Asia Pacific), CACAARI (Central Asia and Caucasus), FARA (Africa), and FORAGRO (Latin America) – advanced research institutes, development agencies and donors

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