Prime Minister assures support for Syria-ICARDA partnerships

May 31, 2011 at 8:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

H.E. Dr Adel Safar (right), Prime Minister of Syria, who initiated many of the current Syria-ICARDA projects, promised that government support would continue

H.E. Dr Adel Safar, Prime Minister of Syria, expressed satisfaction with the results achieved by Syria-ICARDA research partnerships; and assured his government’s full support for the Center’s work. He was speaking at a meeting with an ICARDA delegation, held in his office in Damascus on 24 May. The Prime Minister has played a key role in building these partnerships, during his eight years as Minister for Agriculture and Agrarian Reform.

H.E. Dr Riad Hejab, Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, also met with the ICARDA delegation, to review ongoing collaborative projects between ICARDA and the Ministry, which are coordinated by the General Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research. He commended the results achieved in research, capacity development and improvement of rural livelihoods in Syria. Dr Hijab also identified areas where collaboration could be expanded: water harvesting for rangeland rehabilitation, promotion of conservation agriculture, and food security improvement, particularly increasing wheat productivity and livestock production (through a new IFAD project in Syria).

Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General, and Dr Majd Jamal, Assistant Director General, Government Liaison, assured the Minister of ICARDA’s commitment to addressing these issues, many of which are already part of collaborative workplans.

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