Turkey-ICARDA partnerships expand

September 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A token of Turkey-ICARDA friendships. Left to right:
Mr Henri Carsalade, ICARDA Board Chair, Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General; and Dr Masum Burak, Director General, GDAR-Turkey

Partnerships between Turkey and ICARDA are set to expand significantly, following meetings with H.E. Dr Mehmet Mehdi Eker, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock; and Dr Masum Burak, Director General of Turkey’s General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policy.

”ICARDA is important not only for the region but also for global food security,” the Minister said, pledging full support for broadening ongoing collaboration.

The ICARDA delegation included Mr Henri Carsalade, Chair, Board of Trustees; Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General; and Dr Mesut Keser, Country Manager and winter wheat breeder. The meetings took place in Ankara and Izmir on 14-15 August.

The discussions identified several areas of common interest, where Turkish research centers could collaborate on new activities: plant pathology and integrated pest management in Izmir, drought research in Konya, small ruminant and rangeland research in Sanliurfa, and winter wheat breeding in Ankara. The Memorandum of Understanding between Turkey and ICARDA will be expanded, to support the proposed new research.

The delegation also visited the Aegean Agricultural Research Institute (AARI) in Izmir, which will host a research program on wheat rust diseases, diseases, which could expand to cover other diseases important in the region. A new greenhouse will be constructed and office and laboratory space expanded. The hosts also offered the use of the International Training Center, close to AARI, for training programs.

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