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ATA and ICBA promise collaboration

ATA and ICBA promise collaboration

Dr Samuel Gameda, Director of Soil Health and Fertility Program at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) based in Addis Ababa visited ICBA on 30 September 2012. An initiative of the Government of Ethiopia (GOE), ATA was established in 2011 as a result of two years of extensive diagnostic study across eight sub-sectors of Ethiopia’s agricultural system in a highly-consultative, multi-stakeholder process led by the Ministry of Agriculture with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Dr Elouafi visits the Ministry of Environment and Water

Dr Elouafi visits the Ministry of Environment and Water

HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water congratulated Dr Ismahane Elouafi on her recent appointment as the ICBA Director General when he met with her on 15 September 2012. Accompanied by Dr Ahmad Al Sharif, the Deputy Director General of ICBA, Dr Elouafi met with the Minister to discuss the strong level of cooperation in collaborative ventures between the Ministry and ICBA. Dr Elouafi acknowledged the importance of benefiting from the Ministry initiatives and outlined ICBA’s future plans.

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Regional Participants Attend ICBA Workshop

Regional Participants Attend ICBA Workshop

Sixteen people from seven countries in the region (Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Palestine, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen) learnt more about the importance of environmental impact assessment (EIA) and soil and irrigation management in the use of marginal quality water (MQW) in agricultural production when they participated in a specialized workshop organized by ICBA.

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Developing sustainable water, rangelands and livestock management in CAC

Developing sustainable water, rangelands and livestock management in CAC

Crop diversification and sustainable management of marginal land resources in three Central Asian countries (Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan) is the focus of a four-year partnership involving ICBA, ICRISAT and ICARDA commencing in 2011.

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 Appointment of new Director General at ICBA

Appointment of new Director General at ICBA

Dr Ismahane Elouafi, a Moroccan/Canadian, took up the position of ICBA Director General in August 2012. Prior to her appointment to ICBA, Dr Elouafi held management positions within the Canadian federal system, including the position of Director of the Research Management and Partnerships Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the position of Senior-Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister - Research at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).

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