15th Jordan-ICARDA Biennial Coordination MeetingSeptember 30, 2011 at 7:43 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Sixty participants representing the National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE), the Ministry of Agriculture, Faculties of Agriculture at universities, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Higher Council of Science and Technology and the private sector of Jordan, as well as ten scientists from ICARDA participated in the 15th Jordan-ICARDA Biennial Coordination Meeting in NCARE in Baqa, Jordan in 12-13 September 2011. The meeting was inaugurated by Dr Faisal Awawdeh, Director General of NCARE.
Four new projects, initiated jointly with Jordan, have been recently approved by key donors: the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Islamic Development Bank, Kuwait Fund and the OPEC Fund for International Development. The meeting reviewed the progress of two of these projects – Barley/livestock and climate change for Iraq and Jordan and Improved water management for sustainable mountain agriculture: Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco, which started a few months earlier. Participants also discussed the other two approved joint projects – Enhancing food security in Arab countries and Enhancing dairy processing skills and market access of rural women in Syria and Jordan for future planning. The meeting developed workplans for the new projects, identified priority areas for the development of more new research proposals, and identified technical backstopping and training needs.