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Special roundtable and ‘webinar’ event on “Lessons Learned and New Directions for the WLI”, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC. ( June 8, 2011)

April 30, 2011

On 8 June 2011, Scott Christiansen moderated a webinar at IFPRI in Washington, DC entitled “Lessons and New Directions for the WLI.” The panel concluded that the WLI is a “ready to use” regional platform that can supply a new generation of land and water users; field-tested agricultural S&T for development; and techniques to translate S&T innovations into jobs.

A presentation by ICARDA Director General Mahmoud Solh about the framework of the WLI led to an intervention by Jim Hill from UC–Davis, who spoke about modernizing extension and advisory services using the WLI as a platform; Sandra Russo, University of Florida, who described capacity development efforts between the Middle East Regional Universities and US universities; and Jack Boyson from the International Youth Foundation, who talked about new directions for job creation in the areas where WLI sites are located in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and Yemen.

Lessons centered on how the WLI assembled a functional organizational structure that includes NARS, universities, NGOs, International Organizations and donors.

The presentations are available on-line