During the Iran-CIMMYT Joint Meeting on 16-17 February 2010, CIMMYT and Iran vowed to continue their collaborative efforts and signed a CIMMYTIran work plan for 2010.
The meeting, which was held at the Seed and Plant Improvement Institute (SPII) in Karaj, Iran, also included discussion among CIMMYT and International Winter Wheat Improvement Program (IWWIP) representatives, Iranian officials, and senior scientists from six Iranian research institutes. Representative of attending institutions presented institute overviews and possible areas for further collaboration. Also agreed upon was a 2009-2012 work plan for Iran and IWWIP.
The meeting was chaired by Hans-Joachim Braun, director of CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program, and Mostafa Aghaee, director general of SPII. Also in attendance were Alexei Morgounov (head IWWIP), Beyhan Akin (CIMMYT-Turkey), Yuksel Kaya (Turkey), Mesut Keser (ICARDA-Turkey), Mohammad Reza Jalal Kamali (CIMMYT-Iran), and Mohammad Ali Kamali, deputy head of Iran’s Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO).
Over 30 other participants represented Iran’s Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture, SPII, the Dryland Agricultural Research Institute (DARI), the Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran (ABRII), the Agricultural Engineering Research Institute (AERI), the Soil and Water Research Institute (SWRI), and the Iranian Research Institute for Plant Protection (IRIPP).