Non-tropical dry areas cover over 40% of the world’s land surface with a growing population of more than 2.5 billion people. These people grow 44% of the world’s food and keep half of the world’s livestock, yet one in six live in chronic poverty. Dry areas also face major challenges, including insufficient rainfall, climate variability and change, land degradation, desertification, recurring droughts, temperature extremes, high population growth, widespread poverty, and unemployment. Additionally, dry areas are home to many fragile and post-conflict states that rely on heavily agrarian economies.
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). (31/10/2017). ICARDA’s New Strategic Plan 2017-2026 Highlights. Beirut, Lebanon: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
central and south asia
non-tropical dry areas
plant genetic diversity
small ruminant livestock
empowering women and youth
north and sub saharan africa
information and communications technology (ict)
goal 1 no poverty
goal 2 zero hunger
goal 15 life on land
goal 13 climate action
goal 3 good health and well-being
Goal 6 Clean water and sanitation
goal 17 partnerships for the goals