A training workshop will bring together experts from international organizations with junior scientists from Central Asia and Caucasus countries to discuss updates regarding surveillance and management of wheat rust diseases in the region.

The workshop forms part of the project “Strengthening regional collaboration and national capacities for management of wheat rust diseases and resistance breeding in Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC-Rust)”, which is supported by the FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme on food and agriculture. It will take place in Izmir, Turkey on 9–17 May, and is organized jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Turkey, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), FAO and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT),.. Within the scope of the workshop, the participants will have a chance to visit the Regional Cereal Rust Research Centre (RCRRC) including its laboratories and field facilities serving the region.

The objectives of the training are to: 

• introduce the Project on Wheat Rust (CAC Rust) funded by FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme;

• explain the importance of regional collaboration for management of wheat rusts and the role of the Regional Cereal Rust Research Center;

• provide knowledge on principles and techniques for wheat rust surveillance and management;

• share updates from beneficiary countries (Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkey) on the status of wheat rust diseases and related work; and 

• discuss policy options to effectively monitor, prevent and manage cereal pests and diseases. 



Workshop on wheat rust diseases brings together leading expert organizations

Introductory flyer of the CAC-Rust Project