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November 23, 2018 Scientist unveils blueprint to save bees and enrich farmers  The Guardian
July 29, 2018 New Spineless Cactus Varieties Jordan TV
May 14, 2018 How Seeds from War-Torn Syria Could Help Save American Wheat Yale Environment 360
April 28, 2018 Time to reevaluate agriculture as Cape Town runs dry  The Hill
April 3, 2018 Seed bank saved from war to serve Syrian agricultural resurrection RUPTLY
March 5, 2018 Seed Vaults Protect the World from the Apocalypse – but What If Doomsday Is Already Here? Independent
February 26, 2018 FEATURE-Arctic seed vault turning 10 faces 'unprecedented' agricultural challenges Reuters
November 24, 2017 Prickly pear cactus is 'miracle' crop for dry regions: experts Reuters
November 22, 2017 Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food BBC
October 13, 2017 How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria's War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet New York Times
March 1, 2017 Space tourists, nerve agent and the queen of carbon Nature
Feb 22, 2017 Middle East Seeds Restored To World's 'Doomsday Vault', Two Years After Withdrawal Due To Syrian War Forbes
Feb 22, 2017  Seeds From Syria Are Returning to the Svalbard Vault Atlas Obscura
December 20, 2016 Afghanistan women farmers demonstrate agriculture can recover after war ABC  Australia
December 17, 2016 Climate change leaves Australia's farming future  in the hands of the fragile  Middle East WAToday
December 14, 2016 ICARDA is facing climate change and conflict in the region SciDev
November 28, 2016 Conservation Agriculture: strengthening crop production in marginal areas Relief Web
November 18, 2016 What does Africa need to tackle climate change? Al Jazeera
November 13, 2016 Moroccan vault protects seeds from climate change and war Daily Mail
November 13, 2016 Moroccan Vault Protects Seeds From Climate Change and War Associated Press
November 3, 2016 Withdrawal Of Seeds From Doomsday Vault Will Be Used To Research Arid Crops Forbes
October 12, 2016 How we saved climate-smart seeds from the conflict in Syria Reuters
October 5, 2016 Syrian seed bank gets new home away from war Nature
November 3, 2015 Withdrawal of Seeds from  Doomsday Vault Will Be Used to Research Arid Crops Forbes
October 20, 2015 Syrian Seeds Are First Withdrawal From Global 'Doomsday' Vault Newsweek
October 19, 2015 Arctic 'Doomsday Vault' opens to retrieve vital seeds for Syria CNN
September 24, 2015 Reclaiming Syria's Seeds From An Icy Arctic Vault NPR
September 23, 2015 Syria war spurs opening of 'doomsday' Arctic seed vault Al Jazeera
September 23, 2015  Syrian civil war forces first withdrawal from Arctic seed bank WIRED
September 23, 2015 Rescuing Ancient Seeds From a War-Torn City The Atlantic
September 22, 2015 Syrian War Causes The Global Doomsday Seed Vault's First Withdrawal Huffington Post
September 21, 2015 Syrian war spurs first withdrawal from doomsday Arctic seed vault            Reuters
September 21, 2015 This growing migration crisis is the canary in the mine on climate change The Guardian
September 11, 2015:  Fears grow as Middle East food import bill set to double by 2035 - Expert Reuters
April 22, 2015 Can preserving crop biodiversity save the world? National Geographic
April 17, 2015 How Syrians Saved an Ancient Seedbank From Civil War  WIRED
April 17, 2015 Why Syria’s Protecting Seeds From Its War  Smithsonian
March 19, 2015 Syrian seedbank wins award for continuing work despite civil war The Guardian

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Press Releases

November 4, 2018 Suspension of ICARDA activities in Iran 
October 2, 2018 Using wild relative species to deliver climate-smart crops to farmers in drylands
August 9, 2018 Global heatwave: How science and farmers’ knowledge from developing world’s drylands can help Europe cope with climate change
July 26, 2018 ICARDA and the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development sign agreement to boost investment in agricultural research in the Arab region
May 30, 2018 Regional Research Center in Turkey to Combat Cereal Rust Diseases
May 6, 2018 World’s Legume Experts Gather to Share Research and Development Progress
October  26, 2017 International research center strengthens commitment to Egypt’s resource-poor farmers 
April  12, 2017 Streamlining their respective priorities and the SDGs FAO RNE and ICARDA expand their collaboration for three more years
April  11, 2017 ICARDA, FAO join forces to promote decent work and gender equality in Egypt
April  6, 2017 Focus on barley as a climate change crop – World-renowned scientists discuss solutions to tackle barley leaf diseases 
March 20,  2017 ICARDA calls upon joining forces to improve food security in MENA region
February 22, 2017 ICARDA deposits vital seeds in Svalbard Vault, securing food for generations to come
September 29, 2016 Expanded Crop Genebank Opens in Lebanon
September 13, 2016 ICARDA and Iran to boost food and nutrition security 
August 8, 2016 Aly Abou Sabaa appointed ICARDA Director General
May 26, 2016 New Malt Barley Varieties Perk up Farmers and Malting Industry in Ethiopia
19 April 2016 Global Science Leaders Call for Better Policies on Pulses English | Arabic | French)
25 February 2016 Innovative Agricultural Research to Boost South Asia Pulses Production 
21 November 2015 Mauritania Prime Minister commends African Development Bank wheat initiative implemented by ICARDA 
November 18, 2015 ICARDA and CIHEAM Enter New Strategic Partnership
October 19, 2015 SOWING THE SEED FOR TOMORROW: A joint ICARDA and Crop Trust press release
October 7, 2015 ICARDA Compound and GeneBank facilities in Syria remain intact
September 26, 2015 ICARDA retrieves collection from Svalbard vault to replenish supply of world heritage seeds
September 9, 2015 Call for Action on Salinity: a Growing Agricultural Crisis @ EXPO Milano 2015
March 19, 2015 ICARDA Honored with Gregor Mendel Innovation Prize for Safely Duplicating Syria Genebank
February 18, 2015 An Innovative Road to Cut Lentil Imports in Rice Growing Countries
November 19, 2014 Arab Countries Take a New Direction for National Food Security
April 28, 2014 International scientists and policymakers gather to tackle endemic disease threatening global wheat production and food security
April 22, 2014 World heritage seed collection makes its way from Syria to Svalbard
April 14, 2014  Protecting Ethiopia’s farmers from the threat of Stripe Rust
March 23, 2014 New online tool promotes improved food security and nutrition in Iraq