UC research affects Mediterranean region
I was pleased to see that the entire 62-year archive of California Agriculture journal will soon become accessible online. Scientists and growers around the world use this publication as a source of agricultural research.
For instance, UC has a strong research presence in the Mediterranean area, where the climate is similar to that of California. In fact, UC and the state of California interact with most of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean including Egypt, Israel, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Greece, Turkey, Italy, France and Spain.
Sound agricultural research is paramount to the stability of this region. There is great economic disparity among the countries, with resulting political unrest and economic disadvantages to trade and to peaceful coexistence.
I would like to invite reader comments on “Egypt's Future Depends on Agriculture and Wisdom.” It is an analysis, in draft form, of Egyptian agriculture, its trials, frustrations and opportunities. In it I have summarized the efforts that academics (including UC scientists), politicians, business leaders and farmers have made and continue to make to support the development of the economic potential of modern Egypt and many other developing countries. Go to www.cal-cat.com/Titlepage_04.htm .
Lowell Lewis, UC Coordinator California-Catalan Programs, Barcelona, Spain
Editor's note: California Agriculture journal plans to launch its redesigned Web site, including its entire archive of journals, in spring 2009. Lewis was ANR associate vice president for programs from 1981 to 1991.
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