China, ICARDA in New Drylands Initiative

February 27, 2012 at 9:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

International Workshop on Dryland Science for Food Security and Natural Resource Management under a Changing Climate, Konya, Turkey, 7-9 December 2011

Proposal to create a Center for Dryland Agricultural Ecosystems. Signatories: Prof. Fengmin Li (left) of Lanzhou University and Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General

China’s Lanzhou University is working with other research centers to create a new research platform ― the Center for Dryland Agricultural Ecosystems, which will develop new technologies for smallholder farmers in dry areas. Research will include drought-tolerant varieties, crop-livestock integration, water and land management, rangeland conservation and other areas. The partners include ICARDA, the University of Western Australia and the International Center for Research on Agroforestry. A proposal for establishment of the Center was signed between Lanzhou University and ICARDA.

The proposal was outlined during the December 2011 workshop on dryland science, held in Konya, Turkey. The workshop, jointly organized by ICARDA and Tottori University, Japan, brought together scientists from China, Egypt, Japan, Tunisia and several international organizations (ICARDA, FAO, ICBA), and representatives of donor agencies. The aim was to share results from Tottori-ICARDA research projects, and use these to plan future research on dryland agriculture. Presentations covered a range of areas, including biotechnology, environmental stresses (drought, heat, cold and salinity), and land and water management.

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