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Mahmoud Solh

Role in Dryland Systems: 

SC Member

Home organization: 


Position in home organization: 

Director General


Dr. Mahmoud Solh is the Director General at the International Center for Agricultural Research for Dry Areas. He holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis, USA.

Dr. Solh served as Director of Plant Production and Protection Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for four years. Prior to that he had served ICARDA with distinction for 16 years in various capacities – as Lentil Breeder, Regional Food Legume Breeder in North Africa, Regional Coordinator of the Nile Valley and Red Sea Regional Program, and Assistant Director General for International Cooperation. From 1980 to 1986, he has worked as Professor of Plant Genetics and Breeding at the American University of Lebanon

Throughout his professional career, Dr Solh’s involvement has focused on working with developing countries to enhance food security, protect natural resources and improve livelihoods of resource-poor farmers in dry areas. He has in-depth knowledge of needs and aspirations of the national agricultural research and development systems in Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) region, Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. He was involved in developing, implementing, and evaluating agricultural research and development projects as well as projects for human and institutional capacity development. He has long experience in promoting north-south and south-south cooperation. He has rich experience in donor relations and fund raising.

Dr. Solh is the author of more than 120 publications/papers and articles including books and chapters of books. His contribution to agricultural research and development has been recognized through several prestigious awards.