CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs)October 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
ICARDA is a major player in global CRPs funded through the CGIAR Consortium. We are the lead Center in CRP1.1 (Dryland Systems), and co-leader of the CRP on wheat. ICARDA will also play a central role in six other CRPs: Grain legumes; Dryland cereals, Milk, meat and fish, Water, land and agro-ecosystems, Climate change, and Policies, institutions and markets.
The inception phase of Dryland Systems began in 2012, and involves more than 80 partner organizations worldwide. Researchers will use a multi-disciplinary integrated, approach, focusing on entire agro-ecosystems, not just the individual components. The groundwork has been completed in all five target regions. Target areas and research sites have been selected and characterized, research priorities identified, workplans, timeframes and responsibilities agreed. Five Regional Inception Workshops were held earlier this year, bringing together the full range of stakeholders, and creating the necessary conditions for smooth implementation.