AARINENA 10 th General Conference adopted the following work plan for 2006/2007:
1-Strengthening Regional Agricultural Information System (RAIS):
Enhancing AARINENA Web Site
Publication of AARINENA Newsletter
Implementation of RAIS Priority Projects and
Publication of Success Stories
Supporting the activities of commodity networks (Date-Palm, Cotton, Olive and Medicinal & Aromatic Plants)
Establishing New Networks on Water Use Efficiency and Biotechnology
Support the initiative of the Global Crop Biodiversity Trust for the development of a Regional Conservation Strategy for the WANA Region
3-Support the Global Post Harvest Initiative in linking farmers to market and
4- Strengthen Inter-regional Collaboration
Highlights of the Progress I-Regional Agricultural Information System (RAIS)
Main achievements :
1 ) Website
Introduction and development of AARINENA Website with its own URL ( www.aarinena.org ).
Enhancement of Arabic version of the website
2) Identifying the status of human resources in the region.
3) Identifying the NAIS status within member countries
4) Identifying Information Focal Units in member countries.
(Details will be presented in this session by Mrs. Ebrahimi)
Regional Agricultural Information Regional Agricultural Information System (Cont.)
5) Information platforms:
i) NARIMS :A project on “National Agricultural Research Information Management System” was developed in collaboration with Central Lab for Agricultural Expert Systems (CLAES) ARC-Egypt with the support of GFAR:
This project is A Web based bi-lingual information system aimed at capturing and disseminating information on research institutions, researchers, publications, and projects .
Training Workshop was held in Cairo May 2007 on the project to strengthen capacities of NARS .
A Training workshop to strengthen “ICT National Focal Units” was held in Muscat-Oman 8-10 January 2008.
Regional Agricultural Information System (Cont.)
2) Near East Rural & Agricultural Knowledge and Information Network (NERAKIN-RAIS )
This Information Network was developed in collaboration with FAO/RNE:
It is a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration for Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) for target groups and stakeholders.
NERAKIN-RAIS is playing a major role in building information infrastructure at regional and national level.
NERAKIN will be launched officially during this session by Mr. Magdi Latif from FAO/RNE.
Technical cooperation networks have become a generic model for the establishment of functional mechanisms for collaboration and enhancement of communication and exchange of experiences among different countries in the region and other regions.
Networks were found to reduce duplicative efforts among national institutions in several countries and to provide a cost-effective instrument for information exchange and institution building.
AARINENA Established 6 Networks on: Date-Palm, Cotton, Olive, Medicinal Plants, Water Use Efficiency and Agricultural Biotechnology
A Concept paper for “regional Collaboration for Conservation and Sustainable Plant Genetic Resources in WANA” was prepared Dr. Zehni in collaboration with AARINENA and BI.
The paper was distributed to all members and was posted on AARINENA Web for comments and suggestions .
A proposal document for the establishment of PGR Network will be presented in the Network session by Dr. Ayad .
Geographical Distribution of AARINENA Networks Tunisia Olive Network Jordan Medicinal & Aromatic Plants UAE Date Palm Global Network Iran Int. Reg. Cotton Network N.A. (Maghreb) Sub-Region Mashreq Sub-Region Arabian Peninsula Sub-Region West Asia Sub-Region Morocco WUE Egypt Agri. Biotech. Nile valley Sub-Region
New Networks in the WANA Region Egypt NERAKIN (FAO/RNE ) PGRN (??)
III. Global Partnership Program (GPP): Linking Small Farmers to market
AARINENA has been actively taking part in the development of the Global Partnership Program (GPP) on Linking Farmers to Market (LFM).
AARINENA cosponsored with GFAR & FAO a workshop on GPP on linking smallholder farmers to growth markets in Cairo September 2006.
The meeting was attended d by representatives from AARINENA, APAARI, FARA and FORAGRO and formed an Interim Steering Committee (ISC) that include representatives of all Regional Fora to develop the global partnership program.
AARINENA is being represented in this Committee by Eng. Mohamed El Kholy an Olive Farmer from Egypt.
Based on the current efforts to assess success stories on LFM in WANA Region, AARINENA prepared & published 3 success stories that will be presented by Dr. Habbab, AARINENA Consultant tomorrow.
The objectives, principles and expected outputs for this global program will be presented by ISC Chairman, Dr. Garcia from FORAGRO tomorrow.
AARINENA participated in the ERA-ARD Conference on ‘Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) in Europe’ Held in Brussels, June 2007; AARINENA is a member of the newly formed Southern Advisory Group (SAG) along with other regional representatives .
SAG will enhance southern involvement with ERA-ARD by Providing information and advice to the ERA-ARD program about southern regional ARD policies and strategies.
AARINENA Participated in the three SAG meetings held in conjunction with ERA-ARD SC.
AARINENA submitted its input to the joint proposal on bio-energy and capacity building with ERA-ARD project.
AARINENA provided ERA –ARD project task leaders with experts who participated in various project activities.
AARINENA’s President and Executive Secretary participated actively as members of GFAR Program and Steering committees meetings held in conjunction with CGIAR AGMs .
Dr. Al-bakri AARINENA President and Dr. Roozitalab EXCO Advisor represented AARINENA in the CGIAR Senior Management Program organized by CGIAR in Switzerland in July 2008.
AARINENA participated with 20 member delegation in GFAR triennial conference held in new Delhi Nov. 2006 included all EXCO members along with Universities, NGOs and Farmers representatives .
In order to ensure greater involvement and ownership of ARD related activities of AARINENA, the EXCO recommended additional seats for representation of CGIAR, GFAR and CSOs as members of AARINENA Executive Committee . These amendments will be presented by Dr. Roozitalab for adoption in this Conference.
Priority setting is a dynamic process, in view of the substantial development that have occurred in the WANA region , AARINENA in collaboration with ICARDA & GFAR planning for re-visit the long term vision and strategies with the aim of enhancing the process of regionalization of agricultural research and fostering CGIAR/NARS collaboration and integration.
An Expert Group for revisiting priorities is being formed :
Dr. Kamel Shideed from ICARDA (Chair) , Dr. Majd Jamal, Damascus Uinv. Dr. Salah Jalal, Ain-shams Univ., Dr. Nasri Haddad, JU and Dr. Abdel-Majeed Slama Ex. IFAD/GFAR consultant.
The group held two meetings to discuss preparing a work plan for action that will include the status of implementing the priorities in the WANA Region . Details will be presented by Dr. Shideed tomorrow.
Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) initiative in WANA
AARINENA, ICARDA, and IFPRI prepared a concept note for a proposal to secure funding to monitor the investment, personnel, and institutional trends in agricultural R&D in the various WANA Countries in order to:
1 -Collect data on investment, capacity, and institutional trends since 2000 on the agricultural research systems of: Algeria, Cyprus, Djibouti, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Sudan, and Yemen.
2 -Update the existing ASTI datasets for Jordan, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia .
3 -Ensure the accessibility and the utilization of the data through in-depth policy analyses, issuance of reports, workshops, and other forms of dissemination and Capacity Indicators
The Concept Note is ready to be presented to interested donors and will be implemented by ICARDA & IFPRI