On February 18, 2022 IOFS delegation had a meeting with Acting Director General/Deputy Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), Dr.Tarifa Al Zaabi. The IOFS delegation led by the Director of Projects and Programmes Office, Dr. Ismail Abdel Hamid, consisted of the Program Managers Dr. Shahlo Atabaeva, Mrs. Makpal Bulatova and Manager Coordinator, Ms. Raushan Kumerkbayeva.

During the meeting at the premises of ICBA headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, parties discussed about IOFS and ICBA’s activities and initiatives within signed MoU and Action Plan, particularly were considered points of convergence allow parties to adopt the common decision and capacity building program on the issues of gene bank, genetic resources, water management and agricultural services to farmers mainly focusing on African and MENA countries.

Other highlights during the meeting included discussing an ICBA fellowship program ‘Arab Women Leaders in Agriculture’ aimed at ensuring better access for Arab women researchers in the field of agricultural science. Towards realization of the goal to promote researcher women, parties have agreed to elaborate a joint program for intra-OIC countries, particularly with main focus on Central Asia region.

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