Drought research: collaboration with Turkey

May 31, 2011 at 8:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Konya Drought Center: collaborative research offers huge opportunities to improve livelihoods in drought-prone areas

The Konya Drought Center in Turkey’s Central Anatolia region is the designated hub for Turkey-ICARDA collaborative research and graduate research training on drought. This partnership will build on Turkey’s research strengths to generate technologies to minimize the impacts of drought – and which could potentially be applied to drought-prone areas worldwide.

Two of Turkey’s top decision makers in agriculture – H.E. Dr Mehmet Mehdi Eker, Minister of Agriculture, and Dr Masum Burak, Director General, GDAR – visited ICARDA headquarters in March, and recommended that collaboration be expanded. Following up on their visit, a team of ICARDA scientists visited the Konya Center on 25-26 May. Meetings with Turkish scientists, led by Dr Muzaffer Kiziltan, Deputy Director General, GDAR, helped develop a framework for collaboration, including guidelines for project development. Studies are envisaged in drought processes, drought tolerance mechanisms, climate change adaptation, drought impact assessment and other areas.

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