Strengthening ICARDA’s outreach programs

June 30, 2011 at 9:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Partnerships in Egypt: high-yielding, disease-resistant wheat lines in collaborative research trials

ICARDA’s regional programs and country offices are key to our partnerships with national R&D organizations in more than 40 countries. Regional Coordinators and Country Managers met at the Center’s headquarters last month, to identify ways to strengthen this approach even further. The discussions included:

  • Funding prospects for 2011 and 2012; the role of regional programs in raising bilateral as well as regional funding
  • The “new” CGIAR: updates on the new Strategy and Results Framework and the various CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs)
  • Interactions with policy makers: recent meetings between senior ICARDA management and ministers of agriculture in Ethiopia, India, Iran, Morocco, Syria and Turkey have helped identify opportunities to expand collaboration
  • New initiatives: we have received encouraging feedback on several research proposals targeting South Asia, West Asia, North Africa and the Nile Valley region, now under consideration by funding agencies.

New partnerships, greater impact. Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General, with senior staff from headquarters and outreach offices

The meeting highlighted the importance of long-term regional projects, which have high impact potential and proportionately low administrative/transaction costs. This approach is already being implemented in partnership with IFAD and other donors. Three large-scale projects (food security in the Arab region, conservation agriculture in West Asia, and salinity management in Iraq) are ongoing.

A special session focused on how to strengthen integration between research and outreach. The discussion highlighted the need to tap the expertise available in national programs, while establishing mechanisms to ensure science quality and timely delivery and reporting.

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