Board of Trustees reviews ICARDA’s progress

May 24, 2012 at 10:46 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

50th Board of Trustees meeting, Amman, 29 April to 4 May

ICARDA’s Board of Trustees

ICARDA’s Board of Trustees

ICARDA’s Board of Trustees held its 50th meeting in Amman, Jordan. The meeting was attended by ICARDA’s senior scientists and regional coordinators. The Board reviewed the Center’s achievements in 2011, and its involvement in nine of the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). The Board was pleased to see that ICARDA’s global research and capacity development programs are being implemented as planned. CRP1.1 on Dryland Systems, which ICARDA leads, has begun its inception phase, which includes a series of Inception Workshops with stakeholders in each of the five target regions – West Africa and the Dry Savannas, Eastern and Southern Africa, North Africa and West Asia, Central Asia and the Caucasus, and South Asia – to prepare for full implementation.

The Board reviewed the implications of events in the North Africa and West Asia region, and fully supported the contingency measures taken by the Center. It commended the dedication of the staff during these difficult times.

The Board visits a dairy cooperative near Amman

The Board visits a dairy cooperative near Amman

The Board endorsed the CGIAR Principles on the Management of Intellectual Assets, which were adopted as ICARDA policy.

The meeting concluded with a field visit to collaborative research sites in Jordan. After a visit to the Rabba Regional Center of the National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE), the Board visited field trials and demonstrations of improved wheat and barley varieties, and of conservation agriculture practices; a project on water management for small-scale mountain agriculture; and a rural cooperative that is testing methods for processing and improving the quality of sheep and goat dairy products.

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