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Research Projects

Monitoring the impacts of climate change

Iraqi and Jordanian researchers were recently instructed on the application of GIS technologies – a crucial tool to assist in the monitoring of climate change impacts

Strengthening community resilience

ICARDA recently facilitated a farmer-centered knowledge exchange involving producers from both Jordan and Iraq – part of an on-going initiative to strengthen community resilience to climate change...

Enhancing the resilience of dairy farmers

ICARDA recently facilitated a farmer-centered knowledge exchange involving producers from both Jordan and Iraq – part of an on-going initiative to strengthen community resilience to climate change...

Conservation agriculture: Mitigating the effects of climate change

Conservation agriculture – the practice of not plowing farmland and leaving crop residue in the field for improved soil fertility and water conservation – holds significant potential for the world...

Researchers are doing initial assessments of climate change risk, modeling potential shifts in agro-climatic zones, growing periods, and crop suitability. This scientific enquiry will be supplemented by local knowledge to ensure relevance and the inclusion of beneficiary communities. The results of both investigations will be shared with communities and government officials to help inform policies and adaptation strategies.

Technologies and management practices appropriate for barley-livestock production systems in marginal areas of Iraq and Jordan are immediately available for adoption. An initial assessment of existing crop and livestock husbandry practices will be done in target areas, and suitable technologies will then be chosen for their suitability and adaptability to specific environments.

As technology transfer is often a major constraint, extension workers will be identified and trained. Transfer activities will involve peer learning and farmer demonstrations, paying particular attention to the participation of women. Recommendations will also be disseminated via a range of media outlets, including websites, television, and print.