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Press Releases

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

In the news

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 New York Times
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 13, 2016 Expert advises switching to greenhouses to overcome water scarcity, salinity MUSCATDAILY.COM
November 11, 2016 ICARDA working to breed climate-adaptable wheat Crop Protection News
November 3, 2016 Withdrawal Of Seeds From Doomsday Vault Will Be Used To Research Arid Crops Forbes
November 1, 2016 Raised bed planting initiative in Egypt shows increased yields, water savings Crop Protection News
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
October 1, 2016 Expanded dryland crop genebank opens in Lebanon Crop Protection News
September 16, 2016 ICARDA and Iran sign new initiative Crop Protection News
November 3, 2015 Withdrawal of Seeds from  Doomsday Vault Will Be Used to Research Arid Crops
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
October 19, 2015 Syria's Arctic seed vault relocated to Morocco, Lebanon UPI
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

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 22, 2015 Syria   Makes First Withdrawl from Arctic  Doomsday Seed Vault Popular Science
September 21, 2015

Syrian war spurs first withdrawal from doomsday Arctic seed vault           


September 21, 2015

This growing migration crisis is the canary in the mine on climate change

The Guardian

September 21, 2015

Impacts of international wheat improvement research: 1994 – 2014  


September 11, 2015: 

Fears grow as Middle East food import bill set to double by 2035 - Expert

Thomson-Reuters Foundation

April 22, 2015

Can preserving crop biodiversity save the world?

National Geographic

April 17, 2015

How Syrians Saved an Ancient Seedbank From Civil War 


April 17, 2015

Why Syria’s Protecting Seeds From Its War 


April 3, 2015

Improving seed prevents rust disease, boosts wheat productivity

Ag Professional

March 19, 2015

Syrian seedbank wins award for continuing work despite civil war

The Guardian

March 12, 2015

Ethiopia: Rust Resistant Wheat to Be Cultivated


March 10, 2015

Country to reap bumper wheat crop this year 

The Nation - Pakistan

November 19, 2014

Arab countries take a new direction for national food security

October 17, 2014

Indian scientist presented World Food Prize

The Hindu

August 31, 2014

Norway’s ‘Doomsday Vault’ holds a priceless treasure: Seeds

Toronto Star

August 12, 2014

Asia's biggest pulses research centre to be set up in Sehore

Times of India

June 30, 2014

Combating wheat stripe rust essential for region's food security 

Nature Middle East

June 6, 2014

World Food Prize: Onward to the Glorious Past

Huffington Post

August 16, 2014

 Mathematics helps find food crops' climate-proof genes

BBC News