Land and water policies

May 24, 2012 at 9:04 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

International Workshop on Land and Water Policies to Sustainably Improve Food Security, Amman, 24-25 April

New recommendations on land and water policy for agriculture, from experts in nine countries

New recommendations on land and water policy for agriculture, from experts in nine countries

Policies are a critical element in ensuring food security. The two-day workshop, part of the USAID-funded Oasis project, brought together experts from nine countries – Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria and Yemen – and from ICARDA, USAID, and other international agencies. Following a review of current policies on land and water use in agriculture, the discussions helped identify policy options to restore productivity in degraded lands, and improve food security and livelihoods in a sustainable and economically viable manner.The participants included HE Dr Radi Trawneh, Secretary General of Jordan’s Ministry of Agriculture, who stressed the importance of partnerships between national and international research centers, and the need for support from UN agencies and other bodies, “to ensure the integrity of ecosystems, raise agricultural production and maximize economic and social benefits.” Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, spoke about the importance of improved land management to achieve productivity and food security goals. Dr. Scott Christiansen, USAID Focal Point, reiterated the importance of this initiative, and USAID’s commitment to supporting ICARDA’s collaborative research programs.   

A series of publications on land use policies, produced jointly by ICARDA and national research centers, was distributed at the workshop. (The publications are also available at http://www.icarda.org/wli.) They discuss the causes and processes of land degradation, and related policy issues, through case studies of Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Yemen. The key outcome of the meeting was a synthesis report on policy use, containing recommendations and policy briefs for sensitization and evidence-based policy making.

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