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The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) Morocco

ICARDA was established in 1977 as an autonomous, non-profit, international scientific research and training centre that operates under the auspices of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ICARDA has a global mandate for improvement of barley, lentil and faba bean and a regional mandate in the Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) region for the improvement of bread and durum wheat, kabuli chickpea, pasture and forage legumes and associated farming systems. ICARDA works through a network of partnerships with national, regional and international institutions, universities, non-governmental organizations and ministries in the developing world. In addition to programmes administered from its headquarters, ICARDA operates through regional programmes. One such partnership is with INRA-Morocco.

Role in OSCAR: ICARDA will coordinate all screening programmes planned within the present project. ICARDA and INRA are collaborating in carrying out the listed activities.


Key staff involved in OSCAR

Dr. Sripada M. Udupa (geneticist) did his Post-doctoral studies at Univ. Frankfurt, Germany and is currently working with ICARDA. His expertise includes population dynamics/biodiversity analysis, plant genetic resources, conservation, characterizationand utilization and application of conventional and molecular biology/biotechnology methods for crop improvement.

Dr. Asamoah Larbi (pasture and forage production specialist) is developing diversified and sustainable integrated crop-livestock systems. He has long standing research experience in the evaluation of tropical and cool-season pasture and forage legume species for use as livestock feed, soil fertility improvement, and weed management using both agronomic and determinants of forage quality as selection criteria. He also has experience in agronomic trials on rotations, intercropping, and the use of tropical perennial forage legumes as living mulch, as well as animal feeding trials.

Dr. Kemal Seid Ahmed is a pulse pathologist with over 25 years of experience. He is specialising in developing germplasm resistance gene pools to foliar and soil-borne diseases of food and forage legumes. He is also involved in pathogen population characterization, epidemiology and integrated disease management research.