Libya-ICARDA partnerships renewed

September 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New partnership agreement between ARC-Libya and ICARDA. Seated, left to right: Dr Ramadan Al Handaoui, ARC Director General; H.E. Sulaiman Boukharrouba, Minister of Agriculture; and Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General

Libya’s Agricultural Research Center (ARC) and ICARDA have signed a five-year agreement (2012-2017) for a new phase of collaborative research in Libya, building on successes achieved in the first phase. The agreement follows a meeting between H.E. Eng. Sulaiman Abdel Hamed Boukharrouba, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Wealth and Marine Resources, and Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General.

The agreement was signed by ARC Director General, Dr Ramadan Abdel Moula Al Handaoui, and Dr Solh. It identifies priorities for the future: expanding ongoing research, particularly on water and irrigation management, cereals improvement and small ruminant production; training of ARC staff, including MSc and PhD programs; upgrading research facilities and equipment; strengthening ARC’s documentation unit; and linking ARC with international research centers.

The discussions also involved senior ARC and Ministry staff and Dr Mohammed El Mourid, Coordinator of ICARDA’s North Africa Regional Program. A joint ARC-Libya team will develop detailed workplans and budgets for 2012-2013.

Dr Solh also visited the National Biotechnology Laboratory in Tripoli where he met with Dr Nabil Nattah, Director General, and other staff. The two organizations will develop a formal Memorandum of Understanding on biotechnology applications in plant breeding, horticulture and other areas.


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