SQU, FAO sign agreement to promote institutional research cooperation

Muscat - 

The Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations signed an agreement to promote institutional and research cooperation.

Dr Rahma bint Ibrahim al Mahrouqi, assistant vice chancellor for graduate studies and scientific research, SQU and Nora Ourbah Haddad, FAO representative in the sultanate, signed the agreement.

Dr Rahma said, “This agreement includes the assessment of the current status of the agricultural and fisheries organisations in the sultanate to strengthen their capacities. This regional project includes three countries: Oman, Sudan and Lebanon.” She added, “The agreement is for the sultanate only and will pave the way for further partnership between the two sides. Among the activities are survey and research on agriculture and food security, with the organisation of workshops.”

Nora said the duration of the agreement is two years and the role of the university is to cooperate with the organisation. “The university will conduct the survey and study in order to assess the current situation of agricultural and fisheries organisations and associations, evaluate the status of programmes and laws in the sultanate.”

She added, “The faculty and students of College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences will participate in the project. There are three professors from the Department of Natural Resources Economics of this college and hope that the Omani society benefit from this project for the development of small holdings. This agreement with the university is important to FAO and we hope to do more projects.”

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