Welcome to dryWIRE – news and views on drylands research from ICARDA and its partners. dryWIRE blogs and quarterly e-newsletter share scientists’ work in progress and published research results for tackling the challenges of drylands agriculture and climate change.  

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Studies lead to a more accurate framework to account for carbon and nitrogen balance in soils.
Scientists discover new strains of net blotch disease are virulent to the durable barley varieties currently in use in Morocco.
Can sowing the seeds without tilling give better results than the age-old practice of ploughing?
Are Sheep and Goats Ready for a Hot, Arid Future? Scientists discover genomic signatures in indigenous breeds for adaptation.
'Big Data' Spells Big News for Crop Breeding Programs.
On World Day to Combat Desertification we must renew our commitment to healthy soils and productive land.
Can we secure water for the world’s smallholder farmers, producers of more than 70 percent of the world’s food?
Producing enough food - without an environmental cost - will be one of our biggest challenges in the years ahead.
Gosaye Degefa, a smallholder farmer living in Asella in the Oromia region of Ethiopia, mainly grows food and malt barley.
A plan to address the Mediterranean's migrant crisis must acknowledge one of its major causes - food insecurity.
Recent upheavals in the Arab region result from several factors, but it’s hard to ignore food security.
As countries across the dry areas contend with rising temperatures and increasing water scarcity, farmers need rapid solutions to maintain food production.


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Reliance on crop residues to feed livestock has hindered the adoption of conservation agriculture. The IFAD-funded “CLCA” project provides economically- and environmentally-viable solutions.
Stepping up efforts to shorten the distance between scientists and farmers: ICARDA introduces improved crop varieties along with new ways of scaling out technical innovations. 
Drip irrigation promotes natural resource management and water conservation
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