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Project Title: A Study of Technologies to Benefit Farmers in Africa and South Asia

PIN: BANR-O-06-04-A         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit:
Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Schoen, Robin

Subject/Focus Area:

1st Meeting
April 15, 2007 - April 17, 2007
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Dr.
Irvine, California

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Ruthie Arieti
Phone: (202) 334-2856
Fax: (202) 334-1978


Sunday, April 15
Closed Session – 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Monday April 16, 2007
Closed Session – 7.30 a.m. to 9.00 a.m.

Monday April 16, 2007
Open Session – 9.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.
Discussion with Don Doering, Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (by videoconference)
Q&A committee with Gates Foundation

10:00 a.m.
Refreshment break

10:15 a.m.
Ruthie Arieti, Michael Ma, Brian Larkins, Committee Members
Travel expense forms; committee website; timelines, dates and locations for future meetings

10:30 a.m.
Presentations on agricultural problems, constraints, issues in South Asia and SubSaharan Africa, that are possible targets for technological solutions

10:30 a.m.
Presentation 1–Deborah Delmer: Challenges of Agriculture in SubSaharan Africa and South Asia
11:00 a.m.

11:15 a.m.
Presentation 2–Jonathan Gressel: Examples of Intractable Breeding Problems in Africa and Asia and Possible Solutions
11:45 p.m.

12:00 p.m.
Presentation 3–Alice Pell: Major Problems and Constraints on Animal Production in Africa and Asia
12:30 p.m.

12:45 p.m.
Working lunch

1:45 p.m.
Presentations continue

1:45 p.m.
Presentation 4–Rattan Lal: Unique Soil Problems Affecting Agriculture in Africa and South Asia
2:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.
Presentation 5–Wes Wallender: Water-Related Poverty: Scale-Dependent Understanding and Intervention
3:00 p.m.

3.15 p.m.
Presentation 6–Jian-kang Zhu: Understanding Drought and Salt Tolerance in Plants
3:45 p.m.

4:00 p.m.
Refreshment break

4:15 p.m.
Presentations Continue

4:15 p.m.
Presentation 7– Tilahun Yilma: Sharing Sustainable Technologies Among Developing Countries and Barriers to their Implementations
4:45 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.
Working dinner at a local restaurant

8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17
Closed Session – 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17
Open Session – 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.(Tentative Plan)

1:30 p.m.
Discussion of involving scientists from fields outside of agriculture (chemistry, materials, engineers, etc.)

2:30 p.m.
Discussion of soliciting ideas from other groups

3:30 p.m.

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Brian Larkins
Steve Briggs
Deborah Delmer
Richard Dick
Jonathan Gressel
Tsegaye Habtemariam
Rattan Lal
Alice Pell
Robert Wall

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
The NRC process and role of the committee
The statement of task and plan of action
Potential conflict of interest and bias
Study timeline and goals
Potential workshop topics
Sources of information
Future meeting dates and locations
Individual writing assignments

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: April 25, 2007