Partnerships for food security for Asia

June 30, 2011 at 9:43 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Field day in Bangladesh. Collaborative research with national research centers has produced new legume varieties, improved cropping systems, and other technologies

ICARDA has formally joined the Regional Partnership Framework on Food Security for Asia and the Pacific. Other members include the Asian Development Bank, FAO, IFAD, the World Food Program and the World Bank. A framework for planning and implementation was agreed upon at a meeting held last month in Bangkok, Thailand. ICARDA was represented at the meting by Dr Kamil Shideed, Assistant Director General, International Cooperation and Communication.

The partner organizations are now in the process of identifying potential areas for collaborative research in each country, starting with an inventory of ongoing activities. A detailed ‘technology matrix’ has been developed, with partnership modalities/tools on one axis and technical focus areas on the other axis. This analysis will help identify, for each country, specific combinations of technologies and implementation approaches. It will also highlight gaps, as well as complementarities between partners. The matrix includes five technology areas: institutions and capacity development, agricultural technology, natural resource management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and market linkages.

The first phase will target six countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Laos and Nepal. ICARDA has ongoing collaborative research programs in four of the six countries (Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal); and unique research experience in each of the five technology areas identified. This partnership will provide new opportunities for linking research with development, and for scaling out improved technologies to potentially vast target group.

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  1. God was I sleeping when this programme was formulated .I have worked in northwestern hot arid zone of India on assessment of malnutrition in population at CAZRI INDIA


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