April 24, 2012
The workshop was organized by ICARDA’s USAID funded OASIS project, and was held at the National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE). The meeting was attended by HE Dr. Radi Trawneh - Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture in Jordan, ICARDA’s Director General - Dr. Mahmoud Solh, Dr. Faisal Awawdeh - Director General for NCARE, Dr. Scott Christiansen – Senior Agricultural Development Advisor from USAID/A&ME Bureaus, and representatives from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen. The workshop served as a platform to present the findings and recommendations of successive in-depth researches on improved land and water management practices that sustainably enhance food security which were conducted in Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Yemen (available at http://www.icarda.org/WLI/research.html). The lessons learned and recommendations made were further enriched by the discussions that highlighted common challenges and identified potential avenues to influence policy change. As a direct output of the workshop, the OASIS team will develop a synthesis paper with specific policy recommendations and policy briefs that can readily be available for policy makers.