The Second WLI Middle Eastern Regional Coordination Meeting was held at ICARDA headquarters from February 13-15. The workshop was attended by representatives from National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen; and representatives from University of California-Davis, University of Florida, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as well as two regional hub universities – the University of Jordan and the American University of Beirut. The meeting created an excellent platform for each country to report on achievements and general progresses made during the year 2010 and to plan for the year 2011. The completion of socio-economic and biophysical data collection for each of the identified benchmark sites were the major highlights of the achievements. The meeting also served as a good forum for knowledge sharing among participating NARS and for the identification of future areas of focus for capacity building.
The Third WLI Steering Committee Meeting was held on 14 February. The meeting was chaired by Dr Kamil Shideed and focused, among other things, on progress and future work plans, issues related to resource mobilization, and the need for enhancing the partnership between U.S. universities and other WLI stakeholders