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INTERNATIONAL TWINNING PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

The mandate of Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC's) International Twinning Partnership Program (ITPP) is to establish long-term relationships of five to nine years with partners in developing countries. This allows adequate time for the development of effective working relationships, thorough analysis of needs and resources, and the planning and implementation of projects designed to ensure sustainability. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the partners' institutional capacity to maintain advances achieved as a result of the project. Extended time frames are most essential when projects include technical development and experimentation, demonstration and dissemination of techniques, and efforts to reach a critical mass of potential beneficiaries.

Existing AIC partnerships in Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Vietnam are ongoing under the ITPP. New partnerships have begun in Ghana for both horticultural and for integrated crop and livestock projects. Land resource work in Malawi is also underway. The program currently involves partnerships with the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists, Canadian Society of Animal Science, Canadian Society of Extension, Canadian Society of Horticultural Science and the Canadian Society of Soil Science

SRICANSOL Project

SRICANSOL Project stands for Sri Lankan, Canadian Soil Resource Project. This is a twinning project between the Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka (SSSSL) and Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS) is funded by the Canadian International development Agency (CIDA) through Agriculture Institute of Canada (AIC). Other partners in the project are Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Department of Soil Science at the University of Manitoba.

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THE SOIL SURVEY LABORATORY AND SRICANSOL RESOURCE CENTER

The Soil Survey Laboratory and SRICANSOL Resource Centre was opened on 12th May 2005 by Mr. Tom Beach, the Executive Director of Agriculture Institute of Canada, Mr. Patrick Brochard, Director of the Program Support Unit of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Vice Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya Prof. K.G.G. Goonasekara. This resource centre is a collaborative project between the University of Peradeniya and Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka built at an expense of Rs. 3.7 million where Rs. 2.65 million was donated by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. The money from the National Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research was also donated by the recipients for this building fund. This centre will house the office, library, soil archives, soil data base and publications of the Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka This will also be used as the Soil Survey Laboratory for teaching graduate and undergraduate students.

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