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Sustainable Land, Soil and Water Management

Conservation Agriculture
Conservation Agriculture

The future of family farming livelihoods in dry areas is in peril due to climate change, land and soil degradation, and diminishing resources - especially water. To help reduce the impact of these factors on crops and livestock production, ICARDA carries out sustainable land, soil, and water management research on three diversified, integrated, and resilient practices for family and large-scale farming:

  • Climate-smart water use and management
  • Conservation agriculture
  • Better soil, nutrients, and agronomy

ICARDA delivers its solutions as integrated packages that include our new innovative technology, capacity-building programs, instruments for better market access, and the current best agronomic approaches. These include sustainable, water-smart irrigation, cultivation of drought-tolerant crop varieties, water management approaches, mechanized raised bed technology, and crop rotation.

We also contribute to the protection and restoration of degraded arable land through long-term soil health management and pest control, in addition to social policies favorable to scaling up innovations and addressing improved opportunities for women and youth in major water management projects.

Land, Soil and Water Innovations

 ICARDA innovations help countries and communities strengthen their adaptation to climate change and transition towards food and nutritional security.

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Climate Smart Crops

Cross Cutting Themes

Our cross-cutting research supports our three research priorities to provide integrated packages that help farmers to implement our innovations and new approaches and allow them to flourish:

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Thymbra capitata (L.) Cav or Thyme in Tunisian rangelands
Newly publish research explains how after an exceptional wet season in Tunisia in 2017/18, ICARDA scientists studied various indigenous rangelands plants to discover their human health benefits and their attributes as feed for livestock and wildlife.
Diversified Cropping Systems
ICARDA, alongside its national and international partners and donors, promotes Diversified Cropping Systems (DCS) across Africa, Asia and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  
AI-driven beekeeping application for Uzbek and Ethiopian women
Through support by the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO), ICARDA's Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Team help Ethiopian and Uzbek women better manage their hives through an AI-supported beekeeping companion app.

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