Regional partnershipsJune 15, 2011 at 5:08 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Discussions with the regional offices of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and FAO have helped identify areas of mutual interest for collaborative research.
The meeting with IDRC discussed a new food security project in Sudan and Egypt, diversification and productivity improvement of wheat-based systems, seed production and distribution, value chain analysis, water management and water governance, and other areas. The IDRC is particularly interested in two areas where ICARDA has considerable experience – linking smallholder farmers to markets, and strengthening research and extension capacity.
Discussions with FAO covered several areas, including opportunities to link ICARDA’s research outputs with development projects funded by the FAO’s Near East Regional Office. Such a partnership could be modeled on two recent examples: a multi-partner initiative (FAO, ICARDA, IFAD, Asian Development Bank) in the Asia-Pacific region, and a FAO-ICARDA partnership on conservation agriculture in Central Asia. Three priorities were identified: food security, water and climate change. The FAO has listed specific areas under of these themes, for which technical proposals will be developed, and discussed at an FAO-ICARDA planning meeting to be hosted by ICARDA in autumn 2011.