North Africa Regional Program

Creating and developing sustainable production means for small landholders in North Africa is key to creating stable livelihoods in the region. To that end, ICARDA and its partners are promoting interventions throughout the area: introducing cactus choppers to reduce women’s labor in producing food sources for ruminants; and introducing hardier barley cultivars, for example. New technology in geospatial sciences is also making it possible to create maps that can compare areas in terms of soil quality, growth and yield potential, and other factors. All of these projects ultimately seek to make the area more resilient to the food security issues the region currently faces and will face as climate change effects become more devastating.

Naked barley minimizes grain loss and maximizes productivity

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‘Cactus Choppers’ — another step to attaining sustainable livelihoods

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Using similarity maps to promote conservation agriculture

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