This initiative aims to enhance food and nutrition security, improve rural livelihoods, and protect natural resources in the face of increasing climate variability and change. Now in its third phase, the initiative works with partners across ten countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. The project sites are characterized by different constraints that limit the productivity of wheat, or other crops, with the potential to diversify production and enhance sustainability.
Phase 3 of the initiative has four main components:
- Disseminating technologies and knowledge: demonstrating and promoting improved production technologies that are proven to improve yields and the efficiency of water use in irrigated systems.
- Managing biotic and abiotic risks to increase resilience: introducing new varieties of wheat, barley, and food and forage legumes; integrated crop management practices; and diversifying and intensifying wheat-based farming systems.
- Assessing adoption and policy development: measuring impacts on productivity, livelihoods, nutrition and sustainable intensification; contributing toward the development of policy and institutional options to enhance the adoption of new technologies and practices.
- Capacity development: targeted individual and group training and networking to enhance national capacities in research and technology transfer.