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Food legumes offer myriad benefits for sustainable smallholder production systems.
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
Guidelines for Enhanced Governance
Although legumes are essential to meet the nutritional needs of Afghanistan’s growing population, the productivity of these vital crops remain low under farmer conditions.
A recently published analysis demonstrates for the first time temporal variation in Jordan’s barley landrace diversity.
The durum wheat breeding initiative promoted in West Africa aims to help farmers raise their incomes and diversify diets, as well as improve agricultural systems.
A global database helps identify how land use and related pressures have influenced the occurrence and abundance of species and the diversity of ecological assemblages.
Optimizing mechanized micro water harvesting techniques can help restore degraded rangelands in Jordan, an innovative rangeland hydrology and erosion model suggests.
An ICARDA study finds that financial incentives are the key to sustainable rangeland management.
How can we overcome the constraints holding back women farmers and entrepreneurs?