Update on ICARDA status

May 24, 2012 at 10:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

 

Wheat nurseries at Tel Hadya. The cold, wet season provided ideal conditions to test yield potential as well as cold tolerance. Right to left: Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General; Dr Maarten van Ginkel, DDG-Research;

Wheat nurseries at Tel Hadya. The cold, wet season provided ideal conditions to test yield potential as well as cold tolerance. Right to left: Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General; Dr Maarten van Ginkel, DDG-Research;
Mr Antoine Shomar, Assistant Farm Manager

ICARDA has received many messages from partners and friends during recent months enquiring about ICARDA’s situation. Having just completed our Board of Trustees meeting in Amman, Jordan, this is an appropriate time to update you all on the current situation.

The Center has gradually implemented contingency measures, including temporarily relocating its international staff to ICARDA Regional Offices and sister CGIAR Centers. These measures have been implemented with two major objectives: to ensure the safety of the staff and to ensure that our scientists are able to continue their work in partnership with national programs and other organizations, wherever they are located. In relocating staff, we took care to ensure that research teams were located together at places where they are best able to function.

ICARDA has a global mandate for the non-tropical dry areas. While activities in a few countries have been disrupted, the rest of our global program is being implemented as planned. There have been some challenges, particularly with training programs and international meetings, which were resolved by shifting the venues to partner institutions and countries. The infrastructure at our headquarters in Tel Hadya, Aleppo, Syria, has not been affected. Our field and laboratory activities continue as planned, supported by our very dedicated national staff. We expect field trials at Tel Hadya to be harvested as normal. This season we have also duplicated our plant breeding trials in neighboring countries with similar agro-ecologies. We have ensured that all our genebank holdings are duplicated in other genebanks, and have taken the precaution of sending seed to national partners for multiplication.

We greatly appreciate the generous support we have received from our national partners and sister CGIAR Centers, and the Consortium Board and Fund Council, during these times of uncertainty.

Henri Carsalade, Chair, Board of Trustees

Mahmoud Solh, Director General

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  1. I think according to my view is very great work and i hope these action will over control of food shortage of the world


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