Reviewing ICARDA’s impact on improved food security in PalestineOctober 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
A review of ICARDA project achievements implemented in Palestine was the subject of a workshop held there on October 7th 2012, under the auspices of His Excellency Eng Walid Assaf, Minister of Agriculture. The workshop was organized by the National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) in collaboration with ICARDA. Participants included representatives of NARC staff, Ministry of Agriculture Directorates and farmers, NGOs, international organizations and universities. In his inauguration statement His Excellency the Minister emphasized the importance of agriculture in the Palestinian economy, in keeping rural people on their land, and its role in strengthening food security. He well appreciated the role of ICARDA, working in cooperation with the NARC in agricultural research. He also thanked the project donors and in particular the Netherlands government and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) for their financial support. Dr. Mohammed Abu Eid, Director General of NARC also thanked ICARDA for the intensive program it has in Palestine. Dr. Abdallah Alimari, National Coordinator of ICARDA in Palestine added that the work and cooperation covers the improvement of food and feed crops, biotechnology, water management and water harvesting, and the reuse of treated wastewater and greywater, conservation of genetic resources including the landraces of the main crops from Palestine, in addition to an intensive program on capacity building for technical staff and farmers.