India-Morocco initiative on food legumes

April 3, 2012 at 9:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Partners share ideas at the inaugural meeting of the  Global Food Security Forum in Morocco

Partners share ideas at the inaugural meeting of the Global Food Security Forum in Morocco

Six research centers have launched a new partnership on food legumes. India, Morocco (two of the world’s most important legume producers) and the CGIAR will pool skills and resources to increase production of faba bean, chickpea, lentil and other legume crops, which are the main source of dietary protein in both countries. The six partners are the OCP (Office Cherifien des Phosphates) Foundation, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) and Institut Agronomique et Vétérianire Hassan II (IAV) in Morocco; the Swaminathan Research Foundation in India; ICARDA; and ICRISAT. A formal agreement was signed in Rabat, Morocco, on 8 March, describing research priorities and implementation mechanisms.

The agreement was signed during the Inaugural Meeting of the Global Food Security Forum, held in Rabat, Morocco, during 7-9 March. The Forum aims to bring together the full range of stakeholders from both developed and developing countries, to identify and promote innovations and partnerships for food security. Delegates at this inaugural meeting included 300 scientists, development experts and policy makers from 50 countries. ICARDA was represented by Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General, and Dr Mohamed El Mourid, Coordinator, North Africa Regional Program.

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