Showcasing Better Crops For Egypt
Beni Sweif, March 22
ICARDA and Egypt partners the Agricultural Research Center (ARC) invited leading scientists, agronomists, and farmers to a field day at the ICARDA/ARC Sids Crop Research station, to showcase climate-smart and high-yielding new varieties of crops crucial to food security in Egypt.
Mr. Aly Abousabaa, ICARDA's Director General explained how the new crops being developed through partnerships with country research institutions are tailored to regional challenges.
Dr. Chandra Shekhar Biradar, who leads ICARDA’s research team on GeoAgro and the digitalization of research, emphasized the importance of field stations like at Sids to demonstrate the viability of new crop varieties to local farmers and improve national scale-up.
Dr. Mohamed Soliman, Director of ARC, took part in the field visit led by Dr. Heba Saleh, a faba bean expert at ARC whose research is mostly conducted at the Sids station.
Bezaiet Dessalegn a Social Scientist at ICARDA who leads the GIZ-funded iNASHR project explained that in Arabic, “Nashr” means dissemination.