The Water and Livelihoods Initiative has established a new partnership with the USAID funded Harmonized Support for Agricultural Development (HSAD) Project in Iraq to expand its work in the country. The WLI Iraq Planning Meeting was held at the Holiday Inn, Amman-Jordan, during the period of 1-3 April 2013 to establish a common understanding of the challenges associated with water and land management of Iraq, establish minimum criteria to select appropriate research sites in the three agro-ecosystems, identify capacity building needs, and to design research plans to address challenges identified by the various teams click here. The meeting was attended by more than 30 representatives from Iraq’s Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), State Board for Agricultural Research (SBAR), Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Science and Technology, Agricultural Research Institutions from Iraq-Kurdistan, as well as representatives from various national universities including Baghdad University, University of Mosul, Anbar and Basra. In addition to the Iraqi delegation, the meeting was also attended by representatives from five US universities, including Texas A&M (TAMU), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), Utah State University (USU), University of Florida (UF), and University of California-Davis (UC Davis); as well as representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States Department of Agriculture –Agricultural Research Services (USDA-ARS) and ICARDA scientists.
Other dignitaries including his Excellency Dr. Jawad Hadi Abbas - Ambassador for Iraq in Jordan, ICARDA’s Director General - Dr. Mahmoud Solh, and Dr. Kamel Shideed – Assistant Director General for ICARDA also attended the opening and closing sessions of the meeting.