International partnership for wheat research

May 24, 2012 at 10:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

CRP Wheat meeting, Cairo, 9-11 May

Sids Research Station, Egypt: improved varieties developed by the ARC-ICARDA wheat program

Sids Research Station, Egypt: improved varieties developed by the ARC-ICARDA wheat program

ICARDA and CIMMYT, working with national programs and a range of other partners, have developed research workplans and implementation mechanisms for a new global partnership: the CGIAR Research Program on wheat (CRP3.1). The CRP meeting helped identify research priorities and implementation partners for the first phase. CRP3.1, launched in January 2012, aims to boost production sufficiently to feed an additional 56 million consumers by 2020, and an additional 397 million by 2030. The program will build on the synergies between the two Centers: CIMMYT has a global mandate for wheat research; ICARDA has a regional mandate for the crop in North Africa, West Asia, Central Asia and the Caucuses – a region with the world’s highest per capita wheat consumption. Following the meeting, a joint ICARDA-CIMMYT team visited wheat trials at the Sids Research Station of the Agricultural Research Center (ARC). Sids will be an important research location for the new program. Dr Gaml Sarhan, ARC Vice President, said the ARC-ICARDA program would be well placed to contribute improved materials as well as other support to the new CRP.

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