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Diversification and Sustainable Intensification of Production Systems

The vast majority of the rural population in dryland areas is involved in agriculture, with their livelihoods based on crops and livestock. In many areas livestock make up 50% or more of the produce consumed or marketed. The often low productivity of the production systems of resource-poor, dry land farmers can be improved with cost-effective management, efficient integration of all farming activities (crops and livestock), efforts to address the yield gap and proper, strengthened linkages throughout the market chain. The program has two key research themes – Sustainable intensification of market-oriented, dryland farming systems and Diversification of the farming system with different crop, livestock and horticultural options
Reversing degradation
Improving opportunities
Raising productivity