Enhancing resilience: helping dryland communities to thrive

The hottest on record, 2016 also marked another year that ICARDA has been on the frontlines of agricultural sustainability and innovation. The 2016 annual report highlights the organization's efforts to provide farmers throughout the drylands with the latest tools, resources, and training to ensure that their livelihoods — and food security — are resilient to the increasing onslaught of climate change.


Delivering practical solutions that dryland farmers in developing countries can use to meet the challenges of climate change, land sustainability, and food security is critical to ICARDA's goals and mission. READ MORE

Strengthening resilience

2016 Highlights

Top achievements

International Conference on Pulses

Over 350 participants from 35 countries raised awareness about the agricultural, environmental, economic, and health benefits of pulses.


COP 22

ICARDA used COP 22 as a platform to promote scientific solutions, and to engage with policy makers, donors and the private sector.


Conserving and distributing genetic resources

A decentralized genebank architecture now offers enhanced support to breeding programs, regional cooperation, and capacity building opportunities.


The Regional Cereal Rust Research Center (RCRRC) and Bio-Safety Facility

This new facility offers enhanced support to breeding programs, regional cooperation, and capacity building opportunities.


Rhizobium and seed health laboratories

ICARDA continued its critical role in conserving genetic resources and developing high-quality germplasm of its mandated crops.


Enhancing Food Security in Arab Countries

This initiative continued to work with national partners to improve the performance of wheat production across ten Arab countries.


Enhancing partnerships and delivering results across the dry areas

In 2016 ICARDA's Research Programs responded to the needs and priorities of national partners, rural communities, and smallholder farmers —  developing, testing, and delivering innovative solutions that raise productivity while strengthening adaptation to the worsening impacts of climate change. Click on the map below to learn more.

Map North Africa Nile Valley & Red Sea Sub Saharan Africa Arabian Peninsula Highlands South Asia and China Central Asia and Caucasus West Asia