Impact Stories

Our research focuses on the needs and priorities of smallholder farmers and the rural communities that depend on them for their livelihoods - with a view to increasing agricultural productivity and developing opportunities for better market integration and economic growth. We also develop technologies and innovations that promote the sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity, creating greater resilience to climate change.

Impacts in 2018

People benefited from training courses
People benefited from training courses
Partnership agreements signed or renewed
Partnership agreements signed or renewed
Research projects implemented in 46 countries
Research projects implemented in 46 countries
ISI journal articles published
plant accessions regenerated
Plant accessions regenerated
International nursery sets distributed to partners in 44 countries
International nursery sets distributed to partners in 44 countries
ICARDA crop varieties released by national partners
ICARDA crop varieties released by national partners
Publications and datasets
Publications and datasets

Impact story

Soil-less agriculture: net-house in UAE; Arash Nejatian
January 12, 2020
The scarcity of arable land and water has limited the growth of agriculture in arid lands like the Sahel and the Arabian Peninsula (AP). Considering the limited potential of the farming sector, optimizing the use of these limited resources for crop production in agricultural development is one of the biggest challenges facing any decision-maker, including the end users and growers.
Agricultural and Livestock Technology Transfer Preferences in Tunisia
January 06, 2020
The objective of this research study was to assess the sources of information on two improved agricultural and livestock technologies (barley variety and feed blocks) as well as the ecacy of numerous agricultural technology diffusion means introduced in the livestock–barley system in semi-arid Tunisia.
 Land suitability map for faba bean var. Doshaas established in the present study
December 09, 2019
Successful scaling of agricultural technology requires a spatial explicit framework for targeting the right variety at the right place. This entails a multi-criteria evaluation (MCE) approach, using a set of determining factors to delineate the scaling domains for faba bean (Vicia faba L.) varieties in and identify potentially suitable land area in a specific region, and zone in Ethiopia. Meeting this challenge will require a solid spatial framework.
Ahmed Amri with Mariana Yazbek in the active collection of ICARDA's genebank at Terbol station in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley. Photo: Michael Major/Crop Trust
November 26, 2019
As a young man working the fields of his family’s farm in the drylands of Morocco, Ahmed never thought he would attend university, let alone become the head of genetic resources at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
Aerial imaging showing micro 9 water harvesting catchment treatment after planting
November 09, 2019
Desertification has resulted in significant loss of ecosystem processes and services. The techniques and processes to restore degraded watersheds are not linear and integrated watershed management (IWM) must address physical, biological and social approaches to achieve Sustainable Land Management (SLM) objectives.
Strips, composed of marketable plants such as oil seeds, spices or food crops, attract a higher diversity of pollinators
August 21, 2019
An innovative, cost-effective approach to pollinator protection is raising farmer yields and incomes in Morocco. Success here offers critical lessons for other dryland countries worried about declining pollinator populations