Ahmed Amri
Acting Morocco Country Coordinator – Government Liaison

Dr. Ahmed Amri coordinates ICARDA’s Genetic Resources Section. In this role he applies best practices for the conservation of dryland agrobiodiversity and contributes to pre-breeding efforts. His current research interests cover breeding, including participatory variety selection, and gap analysis for ex situ and in situ conservation of genetic resources.

Prior to joining ICARDA, Dr. Amri worked as a cereal breeder at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Morocco for 20 years where he released a total of 20 varieties. He joined ICARDA in 1999 to coordinate the West Asia Project on the Conservation of Dryland Agrobiodiversity, and subsequently served as regional coordinator for West Asia (2001 and 2008).

Dr. Amri earned his Ph.D. in genetics and plant breeding from Kansas State University in 1989, and received a joint master’s degree in plant breeding from the University of Minnesota and the Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II in Rabat, Morocco, in 1980.

Dr. Amri has authored and co-authored more than 138 publications, including 72 peer-reviewed journals. He is also the recipient of several awards and honors, including recognition awards from Jordan’s National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension, the University of Jordan, and the American Society of Entomology.

Ahmed Amri's Publications

Journal Article
November 09, 2020

Crop diversity underpins food security and adaptation to climate change. Concerted conservation efforts are needed to maintain and make this diversity available to plant scientists, breeders and farmers. Here we present the story of the rescue and...

July 01, 2020

In this book, experienced scientists in the field describe the importance of durum wheat as an adapted cash crop for drylands in detail, as well as a valuable food crop that must be paid more attention in relation to climate change, global warming...

Book Chapter
November 28, 2018

The technological advancements in agriculture have resulted in higher yields but lower ecological efficiency and nutritional value. Little innovations in later sectors such as integrating ecological functions in the production systems have crippled...

Journal Article
October 12, 2018

Genebanks are responsible for collecting, maintaining, characterizing, documenting, and distributing plant genetic resources for research, education, and breeding purposes. The rationale for requests of plant materials varies highly from areas of...

Book Chapter
July 31, 2016

Wheat is the principal staple food in most countries of the Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) region, accounting for 45% of the region’s per capita calorie intake with an average wheat consumption of about 200 kg/capita/year, which is...