Amman meetings for IFAD funded climate change/rain-fed barley, food security, project in Iraq and Jordan

October 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Steering committee members for the IFAD climate change/rain-fed barley project gathered in Amman

The 2nd Technical Planning and Steering Committee meetings for the IFAD funded project – “ Improving the Food Security and Climate Change Adaptability of Rainfed Barley-based System in Iraq and Jordan” were held in Amman October 1st to 4th 2012. The meeting was attended by 35 researchers and senior managers from Iraq, Jordan and ICARDA. They reviewed the results of the 2011/2012 season which was a very dry season in both countries. The establishment of baseline socioeconomic studies, household surveys, the demonstration of conservation agriculture using relatively cheap and regionally produced zero tillage seeders, and the role of the project in improving the extension system mechanisms in both countries were all on the agenda. An important component in the project relates to adaptation to climate change and detailed climate change maps to help predict climate change effects at the project target site and community level. Dr. Kamel Shideed ADG-ICC in his statement to the steering committee, reiterated ICARDA’s commitment to agricultural development in the region through its research for development work in cooperation with the national agricultural research and extension system (NARES). Mr Abdelkareem Sma, IFAD representative to the meeting, indicated ongoing IFAD interest in the problems addressed by the project and especially the adaptation to climate change.

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