ICARDA’s former Director General, Prof. Dr. Adel El-Beltagy, has been assigned Egypt’s Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, a decision that follows the country’s recent elections and cabinet appointments. Leading ICARDA between 1995 and 2006, Prof. El-Beltagy oversaw a period of rapid expansion when partnerships with national institutions and advanced research institutions were developed and strengthened.
The appointment promises to enhance an already strong partnership that has evolved over several decades. A member country of the CGIAR, Egypt has hosted ICARDA’s Regional Program for the Nile Valley since 1979 and a number of other bilateral and regional collaboration projects. The country is also playing a key role in the Center’s on-going decentralization strategy, providing a research site for the ICARDA-led CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems, which is focused on the sustainable intensification of irrigated production systems. In October, ICARDA will hold its next Board of Trustees meeting in Cairo.
Prof. El-Beltagy has a long and distinguished career in agricultural research for development. Prior to his time at ICARDA he was President of Egypt’s Agricultural Research Center (ARC) and was subsequently made the Under-secretary of the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation.
In addition to ICARDA, his international experience has extended to the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) and the International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC), which he currently leads. He also serves as President of the Governing Board of the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM).
Speaking after hearing of the appointment, ICARDA’s Director General, Dr. Mahmoud Solh, commented: “I have congratulated H. E. Dr. El-Beltagy on behalf of ICARDA, and wished him all the success in his challenging responsibilities as the Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation at this important stage in the development of Egypt. During our conversation, he kindly expressed a willingness to host and welcome the ICARDA Board to Egypt and inaugurate the next Board of Trustees meeting in October.”
Prof. El-Beltagy, former ICARDA Director General and now Egypt's Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, has a long and distinguished career in agricultural research for development