Strengthening research-development linkages

August 15, 2011 at 6:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ICARDA will provide technical backstopping for IFAD projects, such as this one on water-saving technologies in Egypt

Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, and Dr Kamil Shideed, ADG-ICC, visited Rome during 1-4 August, to strengthen linkages between research and development, through partnerships with the government of Italy, IFAD and FAO.

A meeting with officials from Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs focused on Iraq. The meeting reviewed progress in a collaborative project between ICARDA, Iraq and Australia on salinity management in Iraq. The project is co-funded by the Italian government.

Discussions with IFAD President Dr Kanayo Nawanze focused on the strategic partnership between IFAD and ICARDA. Meetings with the Directors of three IFAD divisions  ̶  the Technical Advisory Division, the Near East and North Africa Division, and the Asia and Pacific Division  ̶  discussed new initiatives to build on previous successes. These include small ruminant production, carbon sequestration potential, land management, seed systems, conservation agriculture and knowledge-sharing platforms. ICARDA was also requested to provide technical backstopping for IFAD projects in Egypt and Syria. The two organizations will shortly sign a Letter of Intent that will outline shared priorities, and strengthen new collaborative projects involving multiple CGIAR Centers.

At FAO, a series of meetings were held with Dr Jacques Diouf, Director General, the Assistant Director General, and the heads of different FAO divisions including the Plant Production and Protection Division. FAO is keen to support a regional project on yellow rust (stripe rust) disease in wheat, now being developed. ICARDA was also invited to join a new FAO network, the Global Soil Partnership for Food Security and Climate Change. Climate change research was also discussed with a view to closer collaboration in the future.

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