Research partnerships in Oman

April 22, 2012 at 5:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

H.E. Dr Fuad Jaffer Al Sajwani (right), Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, with Dr Kamil Shideed

ICARDA works with Oman’s Agricultural and Livestock Research Center to provide technical and training assistance to national research centers, in support of government efforts to scale up food production. Despite water scarcity, high temperatures and poor soils, several dryland technologies – developed by ICARDA and its partners in other countries – could potentially be applied in Oman.Specific areas of collaboration were discussed at a meeting in Muscat on 24 March, by H.E. Dr Fuad Jaffer Al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries; Dr Hilal Musallam Ali Al-Busaidi, Senior Advisor to the Minister; and Dr Kamil Shideed, ADG-ICC, ICARDA. These include technologies for food and water security under constrained water supplies: heat- and drought-tolerant wheat varieties, water management, horticulture and other areas. The discussions will provide inputs to national policy makers, who are in the process of refining Oman’s strategy for agricultural development.

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