Research priorities for West Asia

February 27, 2012 at 8:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

3rd West Asia Regional Program Meeting, Amman, Jordan, 3-4 January

Scientists and policy makers have developed a 2-year workplan for collaborative research in West Asia

Scientists and policy makers in West Asia have developed workplans for the next 2 years for the ongoing collaborative program facilitated by ICARDA. The plans were agreed upon at the Regional Program Meeting in Amman. The meeting also discussed the new ICARDA-led CGIAR Research Program on dryland systems, which will create greater demands on researchers, but also increase synergies with other centers worldwide.
The meeting was attended by 20 scientists from five countries ― Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria ― and several ICARDA staff. Dr Faisal Awawdeh, Director General of the National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension, noted that considerable progress had been made since the previous review meeting. New technologies had been introduced, training programs implemented, and linkages strengthened between national research centers across West Asia. The discussions helped outline priorities for the next two years. Ongoing work on crop improvement, land and water management and crop-livestock systems will be scaled out. Research on climate change adaptation, marketing, socio-economics, grain legumes and seed production will be strengthened, as part of regional efforts to ensure food security.

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