Egypt-ICARDA partnerships grow stronger

August 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Expanding research partnerships. H.E. Dr Salah Abdel Moamen (center), Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, discusses priorities with Drs Mahmoud Solh (left) and Mona Haraz

H.E. Dr Salah Abdel Moamen, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, commended the partnership between Egypt’s Agricultural Research Center (ARC) and ICARDA. He offered the Ministry’s full support for expanding collaboration  ̶ including potential use of the Ministry’s facilities.

Dr Abdel Moamen, who recently assumed office, hosted a meeting with Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, to review and further strengthen ARC-ICARDA programs. Collaborative research covers food security, natural resource management and diversification of production systems, with bilateral as well as regional funded projects.

Research on wheat-based systems, led by ARC’s Sids Research Station, is helping to develop improved wheat and legume varieties. It is also an important component of a regional food security project whose successes (see below) have attracted new funding and additional partners such as Egypt’s National Academy of Science. Resource management research focuses on improving water productivity in different agro-ecologies, through technology packages that combine improved varieties, irrigation methods, and land and crop management. Production systems work is being expanded to include conservation agriculture techniques. Low-cost zero-till seeders, designed under an Australia-ICARDA project, will be tested in Egypt this coming season.

The meeting, held in in Cairo on 9 August, was also attended by Drs Mona Haraz and Raafet Zaki of the Ministry’s International Cooperation Division, and Dr Fawzi Karajeh, Coordinator of ICARDA’s Nile Valley and Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Program.

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