Strengthening collaboration in Egypt

May 24, 2012 at 10:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 

HE Mohammed Reda Ismail (second from right), Minister for Agriculture and Land Reclamation, suggested that research partnerships be expanded further

HE Mohammed Reda Ismail (second from right), Minister for Agriculture and Land Reclamation, suggested that research partnerships be expanded further

Egypt-ICARDA partnerships go back 35 years – and continue to grow stronger. HE Mohammed Reda Ismail, Minister for Agriculture and Land Reclamation, met with Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, and Dr Fawzi Karajeh, Coordinator of ICARDA’s Nile Valley and sub-Saharan Africa Regional Program. The meeting, held in Cairo on 12 May, was also attended by Dr Salah Abdel-Moamen, President of the Agricultural Research Center (ARC), and Dr Magdi Anwar, Director of the Ministry’s International Cooperation Department.

The meeting reviewed the progress of collaborative projects in Egypt. These include, for example, the ARC-ICARDA Wheat Improvement Program; bilateral programs on food legumes, natural resource management, small ruminants, agro-ecological mapping, economics and other areas; two multi-country programs on food security, and water and livelihoods.

“ICARDA’s work is important for Egypt,” the Minister said. “I hope this partnership will not only continue, but also expand, with new activities in North Coast zone and elsewhere.”

A separate meeting with Dr Abdel-Moamen focused on research results from ongoing projects and development of plans for future initiatives in crop improvement and water management.

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