Strategic collaboration with India

June 30, 2011 at 9:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Strategic partnerships with India: Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General, and senior ICARDA staff with the Indian delegation

Following the visit by the President of India to ICARDA headquarters last November, plans have been developed for a large-scale collaborative research program in South Asia, led by national research centers and facilitated by ICARDA. Scientists and research managers from nine premier institutions in India visited ICARDA headquarters, 21-26 May, to discuss ongoing programs as well as new initiatives.

The visit included extensive discussions with ICARDA scientists and senior management; a tour of field and lab facilities at Tel Hadya; and field visits to different farming systems in Aleppo and Idleb provinces. The delegation was impressed with the quality of ICARDA’s research, and the high levels of farmer adoption of ICARDA technologies – for example conservation agriculture (zero tillage), small ruminant management and others. A research agenda has been outlined, covering dryland areas across four agro-ecological regions in India. The draft is now being reviewed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and other partner institutions.

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