Jordan-ICARDA partnerships to grow further

February 12, 2012 at 7:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

H.E. Ahmed Al Khatab (left), Jordan’s Minister of Agriculture, meets an ICARDA delegation: Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General, Dr Kamil Shideed, ADG – International Cooperation & Communication; and Dr Nasri Haddad, Coordinator, West Asia Regional Program

Research partnerships between Jordan’s National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE) and ICARDA continue to grow. H.E. Ahmed Al Khatab, Minister of Agriculture, recently met with Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, to review ongoing collaborative projects and identify areas for expansion. Also present at the meeting were two of Jordan’s top agricultural policy makers: Dr Radi Tarawneh, Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture, and Dr Faisal Awawdeh, Director General of NCARE. NCARE is a key partner in research-for-development projects that are generating benefits not only in Jordan, but across West Asia. These include, for example, the Water Benchmark Project and the USAID-funded Middle East Water and Livelihood Initiative. Technologies to increase water productivity, arrest land degradation and create income opportunities are being developed and refined. Research results from pilot sites are being scaled out by NCARE staff, working closely with farming communities.

“Jordan faces the challenge of ensuring food security despite water scarcity and resource degradation,” the Minister said. “Research by NCARE, ICARDA and other partners will help us meet this challenge.”

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