CGIAR-CAC Steering Committee meeting

October 15, 2011 at 8:02 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on CGIAR-CAC Steering Committee meeting

Environmental issues, key to global food security, were discussed at the 14th Steering Committee meeting of the CGIAR Regional Collaborative Research Program for Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC), held in Tashkent, 20-22 September 2011. The meeting – attended by heads of the involved national agricultural research systems from the CAC region, as well as Directors General from the international agricultural research centers that are members of the CGIAR program – described on-going research to increase plant tolerance to environmental stress. It identified several research priorities  and addressed various issues, including capacity building, collaborative agricultural research-for-development, and the need for involving non-CGIAR international centers in the CGIAR research programs.

Dr. Sherali Nurmatov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, of Uzbekistan pointed out that “The meeting is an important milestone in agricultural research-for-development in the CAC Region”. He hoped that it “…will serve as an engine for future research projects in the region”.  Dr. Mahmoud Solh completed his one-year term as Chair of the CGIAR-CAC Program Steering Committee and handed over the chairmanship to Dr. Dyno Keatinge, Director General, World Vegetable Centre (AVRDC), while Dr Nurmatov was elected as Co-Chair.

The participants visited the experimental fields of the Tashkent State Agrarian University to evaluate trials on vegetables and groundnut. They also visited ‘Shreder’ Research Institute of Horticulture, Viticulture and Winemaking, and the National University of Uzbekistan, involved in collaborative research projects jointly implemented with international centers. They were briefed on the history and major activities of these institutions and the results of on-going joint research.

All presentations from the meeting can are available on the CAC Program’s website www.icarda.cgiar.org/cac

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