Dr. Karam, Dr. Molle and Dr. Ibrahim Atta at the Zankalon Research Station
Dr. Fadi Karam and Dr. Francois Molle, representatives from ICARDA, made a one-week trip (April 4-7, 2011) to Egypt to visit the three benchmark sites in the Nile Delta. The visit was facilitated by Dr. Fawzi Karajeh - Director of the Nile Valley and Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Program (ICARDA), and Dr. Atef Swelam – National Program Officer, Water Management (Egypt). During their visit Dr. Karam and Dr. Molle discussed with the WLI team in Egypt about the Initiative’s accomplishments in 2010, approved the plans for 2011, and identified research topics that could be undertaken by MSc students from USA and Egypt during the of summer 2011. Dr. Karam and Dr. Molle also visited the field trial on irrigation management in the Al Bustan benchmark site (New Land), the training facilities at the West Nubaria Rural Development Project (WNRDP), and the Zankalon Research and Extension Station at Diarb Negma. The field visits were especially useful in learning about on-going research programs related to the effects of raised bed technique in increasing productivity of rice and and summer vegetable crops in central and eastern parts of Nile Delta, and to have a better understanding of extension services offered to farmers in the area.