​The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) team, including Dr. Amgad Elmahdi, Head of IWMI-MENA, and Dr. Julie Van Der Blick, Director of Partnerships and Knowledge Management, visited AREC on February 2, 2019.

​Dr. Mustapha Haidar, AREC Director, delivered a presentation on AREC’s major facilities, activities and services and accompanied the guests who toured classrooms, guesthouses, seed bank, animal barns, vertical agriculture system, aquaculture unit, and the local Baalbek temples. Elmahdi and Van Deer Blick noted the center’s impressing role in providing hands-on experience to students and outreach to area farmers.