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Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Morocco

INRA, Morocco is a century old, public organization mandated to undertake research for Agricultural development in Morocco. INRA has greatly contributed to the modernization of the agricultural sector and agro-systems, and to the improvement of the competitiveness of the country’s agriculture. INRA is an active partner of both international and regional organizations, mainly ICARDA, EC, ICGEG, CIMMYT, AARINENA, FARA, COI, ICRA, and others. Moreover, INRA is a member of several regional networks and maintains bilateral cooperation with several countries. In order to be responsive to different agricultural environments, INRA has an extensive capacity for field experiments: 10 Regional Agricultural Research Centres (RARC) encompassing all existing agro-systems; 23 experimental stations; 30 research units in charge of planning and implementing research activities; 10 services of research for development to serve as interface between research and development. Over the years, INRA has accumulated vast experience in legume improvement, and in studying legumes in cereal based cropping systems, crop rotations, mixed cropping, biological nitrogen fixation, mycorrhiza interaction and diversifying agriculture for the benefit of farmers.

The ICARDA and INRA partnership started in the late 1980s. INRA is also a member in CGIAR and has cooperative partnerships with the EC and EU partners in several projects including the project under FP6. GTZ had contributed for more than a decade to the improvement of forage and pasture legumes. ICARDA is also a partner in many of these EC and GTZ projects and financial management of many of the projects is performed by ICARDA.

Role in OSCAR: In cooperation with ICARDA, INRA will perform a part of the screening programmes planned within OSCAR (WP3), perform agronomic trials (MEE, WP2) and test novel machinery developed and implemented by the consortium.

 

Key staff involved in OSCAR

Dr. Imane Thami-Alami, is a soil scientist/soil microbiologist. Her expertise includes legumes in crop rotation and intercropping, soil fertility, soil microbiology and genetic conservation of forage legumes.

Dr. Chalid Al Faiz is a forage breeder and agronomist with a vast experience in agronomy, conservation and domestication of forage legume species.

J. Elhaddoury is a wheat scientist with expertise in wheat improvement.

Sanae Krimi is a plant pathologist with experience in legume pathogens.

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