The emotion in the closing words of Oliver Oliveros, the DURAS coordinator, were a testament of his commitment to this very succesful project.

After four years of implementation, the DURAS Project is wrapping up its activities.

A project closing seminar took place under the auspices of GFAR on 11-13 June 2008 at the FAO Headquarters in Rome.

During this event, stakeholders involved in the projects presented their findings and share lessons learnt in project implementation. The programme allowed true cross-project learnings, tackling issues ranging from innovation to partnership to sustainability.

The CGIAR is an important partner of the DURAS project and was present in the workshop to offer its perspective on the learnings and the way forward.

DURAS is a joint GFAR – Agropolis International initiative supported by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs through its Priority Solidarity Fund (PSF). It aims to contribute to strengthening the involvement and enhancing the scientific potential of southern stakeholders in ARD.