International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas | Land Portal
Acronym: 
ICARDA

Emplacement

Dalia Bldg, 2nd Floor Bashir El Kassar Street Verdun Area next to Arab Bank
Beirut , Beirut
Liban
Beirut LB
Working languages: 
arabe
anglais

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) was established in 1977. It is one of 15 such centers supported by the CGIAR. ICARDA’s founding mandate to promote agricultural development in the dry areas of developing countries remains highly relevant today. 

ICARDA works with a tight focus on the problem-solving needs of resource-poor farmers, achieving this through the in-field delivery of its research outputs. Although global food production has increased by 20 per cent in the past decade, food insecurity and poverty remain widespread, while the natural resource base continues to decline.

International research centers such as ICARDA, which have helped drive previous improvements, continue to deliver new technologies to support sustainable growth in agriculture, and crucially, to work with a wide range of partners to accelerate the dissemination of these technologies.

ICARDA’s biggest strength is its staff – 600 highly skilled men and women from 32 countries. Our research and training activities cover crop improvement, water and land management, integrated crop-livestock-rangeland management, and climate change adaptation.

Other interventions include:

  • Water harvesting - supplemental irrigation and water-saving irrigation techniques
  • Conservation agriculture methods to reduce production costs and improve sustainability
  • Diversification of production systems to high-value crops – horticulture, herbal and medicinal plants
  • Integrated crop/rangeland/livestock production systems including non-traditional sources of livestock feed
  • Empowerment of rural women – support and training for value-added products.

The ICARDA genebank holds over 135,000 accessions from over 110 countries: traditional varieties, improved germplasm, and a unique set of wild crop relatives. These include wheat, barley, oats and other cereals; food legumes such as faba bean, chickpea, lentil and field pea; forage crops, rangeland plants, and wild relatives of each of these species.

ICARDA’s research portfolio is part of a long-term strategic plan covering 2007 to 2016, focused on improving productivity, incomes and livelihoods among resource-poor households.

The strategy combines continuity with change – addressing current problems while expanding the focus to emerging challenges such as climate change and desertification.

We work closely with national agricultural research systems and government ministries. Over the years the Center has built a network of strong partnerships with national, regional and international institutions, universities, non-governmental organizations and ministries in the developing world and in industrialized countries with advanced research institutes.

 

THE ‘DRY AREAS’

Research and training activities cover the non-tropical dry areas globally, using West Asia, North Africa, Central Asia and the Caucasus as research platforms to develop, test, and scale-out new innovations and policy options.   

Dry areas cover 41 per cent of the world’s land area and are home to one-third of the global population. About 16 per cent of this population lives in chronic poverty, particularly in marginal rainfed areas. The dry areas are challenged by rapid population growth, frequent droughts, high climatic variability, land degradation and desertification, and widespread poverty. The complex of relationships between these challenges has created a "Poverty Trap."

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas Resources

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Matériels institutionnels et promotionnels
mars 2020
Égypte
Liban
Afrique septentrionale
Asie occidentale

The local cost-effective, raised-bed machine for small-scale farmers has been developed by ICARDA and its national partners to promote the adoption of raised-bed technology at a larger scale.

Ressources et Outils d'entraînement
décembre 2019
Éthiopie
Kenya
Afrique orientale

This Template is designed for standardized description of Sustainable Livestock Management Options by Context (SLiM OxC), in which sustainable livestock management option and its social, economic and ecological contexts are systematically characterized.

Matériels institutionnels et promotionnels
décembre 2019
Tadjikistan
Asie central

Располагая лишь 7 процентами земель, используемых в сельском хозяйстве, горный Таджикистан расположен в центре региона Центральной Азии, подверженного опустыниванию, засолению,

Matériels institutionnels et promotionnels
décembre 2019
Tadjikistan
Asie central

With only 7 percent of agricultural land, Tajikistan is a mountainous country located at the heart of Central Asian region, prone to desertification, salinization, soil erosion and forest loss. The first step to address the issue is to measure the real cost of degradation of the agricultural land.

Matériels institutionnels et promotionnels
novembre 2019
Moldova
Europe orientale

Agriculture in the Republic of Moldova has been facing a number of challenges in recent decades, caused by both traditional agricultural practics and effects of climate change. Growing environmental issues, like soil degradation, water pollution, reduced biodiversity, require re-evaluating current agricultural methods.

Matériels institutionnels et promotionnels
novembre 2019
Maroc
Moldova
Soudan
Afrique septentrionale
Europe orientale

SLM CoP Presentation given by Tatenda Lemann at the SKIM Regional Workshop in Rabat, Morocco November 14th, 2019.

Matériels institutionnels et promotionnels
novembre 2019
Algérie
Maroc
Tunisie
Afrique septentrionale

This is a presentation on the functionally context socio-ecological type (fCSET) approach to support out-scaling of agricultural innovation options, and empirical analysis across three Maghreb countries (Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco). As the result, distinguished fCSETs on rain-fed and grass/herbaceous-based land were defined, characterized and mapped.

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