The Third Steering Committee Meeting of Inter-regional Cotton Network in the Central Asia and North Africa (INCANA) was held in Damascus, Syria during the period 19-20 June 2007. The meeting was organized by the General Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research (GCSAR) and INCANA Secretariat, and co-sponsored by AARINENA, Asia and Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), ICARDA- Central Asia and Caucasus (CAC) regional office.

Twelve participants from Egypt, India, Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan attended the meeting. In the opening session, Dr. Majd Jamal, Director General of GCSAR addressed the opening session and stated the importance of cotton crop in the Syrian economy, where about one million of people depend heavily for their livelihoods. Moreover, Syria is a leading country with high productivity (more than 4 tons/hectare) using IPM techniques and biological control.
Dr. Ibrahim Hamdan, Executive Secretary of AARINENA highlighted the importance of exchanging knowledge and information among the stakeholders of agricultural research of the region and the role of the networks in achieving such goal.
Mrs. Aisel Gharedaghli, Coordinator of INCANA presented a report on INCANA activities and achievements including the network expectations from the member countries and the establishment of active workgroups.

Country reports of Egypt, India, Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan addressed the problems and results in cotton research and development, Bt cotton, and IPM program on cotton.