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Strategic Framework for the Development of the Date Palm Value Chain in the Arab Region








FAO. 2023. Strategic Framework for the Development of the Date Palm Value Chain in the Arab Region. Cairo. 



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    This study uses the value chain (VC) approach as a conceptual framework which encompasses organization, coordination, power relationships and governance between institutions and actors participating in the ecosystem of date palm products and services, and consolidates the views, comments and recommendations received through a broad stakeholder consultation process that allowed participatory feedback on the major constraints at the various value chain components. A multidisciplinary study team was formed to lead the background research, consultation and analysis and reporting for this study.
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    Research, Technology and Innovation Platform for the Date Palm Integrated Production System in Near East and North Africa region 2022
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    The platform acts as an information and knowledge hub that effectively links relevant stakeholders to consolidate, as much as possible, the available knowledge, information, innovations related to date palm value chain and production problems such as red palm weevil, pollination, soil and irrigation management, etc. The digital innovation platform was launched in the opening ceremony of the 7th International Date Pam Conference on March 14, 2022 in Abu Dhabi. The platform was designed to facilitate a full cycle model from idea to innovation and vice versa and this includes the backend server and software for storing data, processing information, providing artificial intelligence support and providing web services to communicate with other parts of the platform. The frontend applications provide interface to various stakeholders and display reports and statistics via dashboard. The platform is characterized by active dashboard for discussion forum, projects, news, activities, reports and statistics and performed as a knowledge hub that effectively utilize any new opportunities in an economic or social process. The operationalized research and innovation platform demonstrates a model of collaboration among relevant stakeholders and partners on issues, research, development, innovations, regulations and funding. The platform also identifies a set of research priorities, gaps and practices, promising technologies and technical innovations related to the date palm value chain. Therefore, this generated knowledge with better integration among stakeholders, enhanced learning processes with multiple benefits, created business opportunities by deploying new technologies, markets, learning and networking, and leveraged change in resource mobilization. The platform can also actively enhance the capacity of producers, stakeholders and young professionals in the region.
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    Development of Date Palm Products and by-Products Value Chains in Sudan - TCP/SUD/3703 2022
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    Agriculture is the main source of sustained growth in the Sudan and in 2019 contributed to 30 percent of the gross domestic product With a large cultivable area, it is claimed that the Sudan has the potential to be the breadbasket of Africa and the Middle East In the Sudan, estimations indicate that there are over 8 million date palms, mostly cultivated in the northern region of the country, and the presence of more than 50 local cultivars are documented In the past years, investments in the date sector have considerably increased due to its significant contribution to food security, income generation and elevation of rural poverty, in addition to its role in combating desertification The Sudanese production of dates is estimated at 4 393 55 tonnes ranking it as the sixth highest date producing country in the Middle East and Northern Africa, with an annual date production yield of around 11 8 tonnes /ha However, only 432 tonnes are exported, mainly consisting of semi dry varieties Sudan has a good potential for semi dry varieties, such as the recently introduced variety Medjool which possesses a high potential for exportation However, despite the growth in the international demand, the contribution of the exportations of the Sudan to the international date market remains low.

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