Ensuring that the "Enhancing Food Security in Arab Countries" initiative achieves long-lasting impacts is dependent on an effective capacity strengthening program that equips farmers, researchers and extension officers with the knowledge and skills to modernize the Arab region’s wheat production.
Capacity strengthening is a key priority and since its inception in 2011 the initiative has provided training and knowledge-sharing opportunities to over 42,000 participants - two-thirds of them farmers. Capacity strengthening initiatives include in-country and regional trainings, inter-country scientific visits, and traveling workshop and symposia.
Activities included a travelling farmers’ workshop in Egypt which facilitated valuable interaction and the sharing of new information among farmers from all over the Arab region; training courses for project scientists on issues related to the initiative’s aims and objectives; and intra-regional scientific visits to exchange experience and expose stakeholders to other countries with advanced wheat production programs.
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