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CIP Director General visits Georgia

Date: 2004-06-09.

Dr. Hubert Zandstra, Director General of the International Potato Center (CIP), Lima, Peru and Co-Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the CGIAR program for Central Asia and the Caucasus, accompanied by Dr. Sarath Ilangantileke, Regional Leader for South, West and Central Asia of the International Potato Center (CIP) and Dr. Zakir Khalikulov, PFU-CGIAR, visited Tbilisi, Georgia on 9 June 2004, after attending the 7th Meeting of the Steering Committee, in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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SEVENTH CGIAR-CAC PROGRAM STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD

Date: 2004-06-06.

The seventh Program Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of the CGIAR Collaborative Program for sustainable agricultural development in Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC) was held in Baku , Azerbaijan , from 6-8 June, 2004. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Agrarian Sciences Center of Azerbaijan in collaboration with the CGIAR Program Facilitation Unit (PFU). In all, 46 participants attended, including the NARS Heads from the CAC region, representatives of donor organizations and the nine CG Centers participating in the Consortium.

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English Training Course

Date: 2004-05-25.

An English training course of 3.5 months was recently organized by the CGIAR Collaborative Research Program for Sustainable Agricultural Development in Central Asia and the Caucasus in Tashkent , Uzbekistan and ICARDA.

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New TCP project in Karakalpakstan

Date: 2004-05-24.

FAO supported TCP on "Sustainable agriculture practices in the drought-affected region of Karakalpakstan" was signed recently by the Government of Uzbekistan. The project was prepared at the request of the Government of Uzbekistan for FAO's assistance in mitigating the consequences of water shortage in the northern area of Uzbekistan during 1999-2001. The Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan (KK), which is located at the tail-end of the Amudarya River , and includes its delta into the Aral Sea , was particularly affected by that severe drought. The main cause of this disaster was mismanagement of water resources in the river basin, compounded by diminishing snow and glacier melt, a declining trend in rainfall, and possible long-term climatic change.

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International Conference on Agrarian Reform in Kyrgyzstan

Date: 2004-03-12.

An International Research-and-Production Conference on Land and Agrarian Reform was held in Bishkek , Kyrgyzstan from 12-13 March, 2004. In all, more than two thousand participants, including policy makers, agricultural scientists, NGOs, farmers and international organizations, attended the conference. First day of the conference included five working sections, covering various aspects of agriculture development in Kyrgyzstan, such as modernization of scientific and advisory services, development of seed production and animal breeding, reforming of water management industry, improvement of crediting and investments in agrarian sector, strengthening of Land Reform, and involvement of rural women in Land and Agrarian Reform, etc. Dr. Raj Paroda, Head, PFU-CGIAR and Regional Coordinator, ICARDA-CAC participated in the Section 1 on development of cooperative farms, modernization of scientific and advisory services, processing, marketing, development of seed production and animal breeding, which was chaired by Mr. B. Talgarbekov, Head, Administration of the Prime-Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic and co-chaired HE Dr. A. Kostyuk, Minister of Agriculture, Water Management and Processing Industry. During the session, presentations were made by HE Dr. A. Kostyuk, Representative of GTZ, Mr. Mirzaliev, Head, Kemin District Administration, etc. Dr. Raj Paroda presented an overview on CGIAR activities in Kyrgyzstan.

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