May 31, 2011 at 8:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Project inception workshop, Amman. National and international organizations will work together to develop improved crop-livestock systems

A new IFAD-funded, ICARDA-led research-for-development project was launched this month: Improving the food security and climate change adaptability of livestock producers using the rainfed barley-based system in Iraq and Jordan. The project inception workshop was held in Amman, Jordan, 16-18 May, attended by scientists, development specialists and policy makers from both countries, and representatives of IFAD, ICARDA and other organizations.

The 3-year project aims to develop integrated crop-livestock production systems to create viable, stable livelihoods for small-scale livestock producers in dry areas in both countries; and to generate lessons that could be applied in similar ecologies across the region. Project components include: management of integrated barley-livestock based systems, technologies to enable communities to cope with climate variability and change, ‘downscaling’ climate change models, strengthening extension systems, and sensitization of policy makers on climate change issues.

“This project is important for several reasons,” said Dr Radi Tarawneh, Secretary General of Jordan’s Ministry of Agriculture Tarawneh, who inaugurated the workshop. “It looks at food security and climate change from a regional perspective. It focuses on the low-rainfall agro-ecosystems that cover large parts of West Asia. And it is targeted at poor rural communities, which are suffering from frequent drought and poor economic returns from agriculture.”

The inception workshop was followed by a meeting of the Project Steering Committee, which approved the overall project framework and workplans and budgets for the first season.

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