Expanding Tunisia-ICARDA partnerships

April 3, 2012 at 9:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Dr Mohamed Ben Salem (left), Minister of Agriculture, urged that research collaboration be broadened further

Dr Mohamed Ben Salem (left), Minister of Agriculture, urged that research collaboration be broadened further

Tunisia has been a key ICARDA partner for over three decades, and hosts the Center’s North Africa Regional Program. The Tunisian government has urged that this partnership be expanded further. Dr Mohamed Ben Salem, Minister of Agriculture, and Dr Mamia El Banna, Minister of Environment, expressed similar views during meetings with an ICARDA delegation in Tunis earlier this month.

The delegation, comprising Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General; Dr Kamil Shideed, ADG-ICC; and Dr Mohammed El Mourid, Coordinator, North Africa Regional Program, met with both Ministers, senior ministry officials, and scientists and administrators from three key partners: the National Agronomic Research Institute (INRAT), the National Institute for Research in Rural Engineering, Water and Forests (INRGREF) and the National Gene Bank of Tunisia (BNGT).

Dr Mamia El Banna (left), Minister of Environment, honors Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General

Dr Mamia El Banna (left), Minister of Environment, honors Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General

The meetings helped identify a number of areas where collaboration will be expanded. These include food security, crop improvement, genebank management, conservation agriculture, irrigation methods, rangeland conservation, livestock, water desalination and wastewater management.

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