CRP1.1 launched in Central Asia and the Caucasus

August 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

CRP1.1

Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC) is among the five regions worldwide where the global CGIAR Research Program “Integrated and Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems for Improved Food Security and Livelihoods in Dry Areas” (CRP1.1 “Dryland Systems”) will be implemented. Participants at a three-day Regional Inception Workshop held June 12th to 14th in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, endorsed an ambitious research framework that will tackle the challenges of sustainable agricultural development under the harsh environmental conditions of drought, high soil salinity and extreme climatic conditions.

This Regional Inception Workshop was organized by ICARDA in partnership with other international agricultural research centers based in the CAC Region: the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC), Bioversity International, International Potato Center (CIP), International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA).

The Workshop was opened by Prof. Sherali Nurmatov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan. In his welcome speech, he stressed the importance of improving the well-being of rural population in harsh arid areas through introducing sustainable livelihood options using innovations and state-of-the-art technologies in agricultural sector.

About 100 participants from the international centers, national research institutes and universities, farmers’ and community-based organisations, private sector and international development and donor agencies attended the event. The participatory working environment led to a strong exchange of ideas with the aim of reaching consensus to move this program from inception into practical implementation. CRP1.1 will build its research agenda on a unique combination of multi-disciplinary agro-ecosystem approach with site-specific action relying on baseline creation and impact measurement.

The participants openly shared their views to help shape the program’s agenda in the CAC Region. With their contributions, the strategic framework for integrated research was set and endorsed.

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