Food security in the Arab regionFebruary 12, 2012 at 7:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Enhancing food security in Arab countries is the objective – and the title – of a large regional project, led by ICARDA and supported by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the Islamic Development Bank and the Kuwait Fund. It brings together national research and extension agencies, universities, NGOs and other partners from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, Syria and Tunisia. Activities include crop improvement, natural resource management, research on policies and institutions, and training programs for young researchers.
The project annual research meeting was held last month in Morocco, hosted by the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA). Results from the 2010-11 season were reviewed; workplans for 2012 finalized; and candidates selected for the project’s Young Agricultural Scientists Program. The participants included experts from India, who shared their experiences in using information technologies to disseminate new technologies and provide extension advice to smallholder farmers across very large and diverse areas.
Opening the meeting, Dr Mohammed Badraoui, INRA Director General, stressed the importance of the project “… for transferring new technology, strengthening the capacity of farmers and extension staff, and of a new generation of young agricultural scientists….This project complements the Green Morocco Plan, which is the basis of our efforts towards rural development and food security.”