The initiative will be executed through the direct involvement of NARS institutions in the eight participating countries.
In Algeria, activities will be conducted alongside Institut Techniques des Grandes Cultures to address the country’s limited access to mechanization, low adoption of fertilizer, and poor crop management.
The Agricultural Research Center in Egypt will work with ICARDA and five of the country’s governorates to host on-farm demonstrations of improved fab bean varieties and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) packages.
ICARDA will work with Jordan’s National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE), prioritizing efforts that help smallholder farmers adapt to the country’s variable rainfall and temperature extremes.
ICARDA will support Lebanon’s Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI) to develop its strategy of on-farm demonstrations of improved varieties across seven sites.
Morocco’s Institut National Recherche Agronomique (INRA) will seek to address the country’s limited availability of improved varieties, empower female farmers, and help smallholders confront a range of environmental constraints – from weed and disease infestation, to pests and prolonged drought.
The Agricultural Research Cooperation (ARC) in Sudan will partner with ICARDA to demonstrate promising varieties, increase the distribution of seed, and disseminate practical advice and information to farmers via field days and farmer field schools.
Tunisia’s Institut National Recherche Agronomique de Tunisie (INRAT) will take forward the promotion of improved food legumes – faba bean, chickpea, and lentil – and durum and bread wheat varieties.
Activities in Turkey will be implemented in four provinces by the Southeastern Anatolia Regional Agricultural Research Institute (GAP-ARI). Priorities include tackling wheat and yellow rust disease, helping farmers adapt to prolonged drought and rising temperatures, and supporting efforts to eradicate the threat posed by Sunn Pest.
Planned activities, the progress of the initiative, and future developments will be overseen and planned by a steering committee composed of experienced agriculture for development participants, representing participating organizations and countries. The Steering Committee members are:
- Dr. Abdel Moneim El-Banna (ARC), Egypt
- Dr. Omar Zaghouane (ITGC), Algeria
- Dr. Dr. Fawzi Al-Sheyab (NCARE), Jordan
- Dr. Michel Afram (LARI), Lebanon
- Dr. Mohamed Badraoui (INRA), Morocco
- Dr. Ibrahim Adam Ahmed El-Dukheri (ARC), Sudan
- Dr. Mohamed Aziz Darghouth (IRESA), Tunisia
- Dr. Hichem Ben Salem (INRAT), Tunisia
- Dr. Ali Osman Sari (GDAR), Turkey
- Dr. Kamel Shideed (ICARDA), Jordan
- Dr. Michael Baum (ICARDA), Jordan
- Dr. Mohamed Kharrat (ICARDA), Project Coordinator, Morocco
- Dr. Amine Belhamissi (IFAD), Italy