ICARDA Annual Report 2017: Pathways to impact for building thriving and resilient communities in dry areas

Published Date
July 14, 2018
Type
Report
ICARDA Annual Report 2017: Pathways to impact for building thriving and resilient communities in dry areas
Authors:
Jack Durrell

Widespread heat waves, floods, and droughts last year were a strong reminder of the threats posed by climate change. In the non-tropical dry areas where ICARDA works we are becoming accustomed to record high temperatures and increasing water scarcity year on year. Resilience and climate change adaptation are at the heart of ICARDA’s new Strategic Plan 2017-2026 – a bold and ambitious effort to harness cutting-edge science and deliver the tools and technologies that smallholder farmers need to maintain agricultural production and protect their livelihoods. Launched in the year when ICARDA celebrated its 40th anniversary, the new Strategic Plan builds on four decades of past achievements and successful partnerships. It is also demand driven and targets critical components of sustainable dryland food production systems. Innovation, adaptation, and resilience are critical to the long-term viability of productive agriculture in dry areas. The bold and ambitious ideas driving our new strategic direction reflect this – and help us to learn from past experiences, anticipate future challenges, and deliver the tools that farmers and rural communities need to thrive.

Citation:
Jack Durrell. (14/7/2018). ICARDA Annual Report 2017: Pathways to impact for building thriving and resilient communities in dry areas. Beirut, Lebanon: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
Keywords:
big data
soil health
climate-smart
geoinformatics
water enhancement
integrated crop-livestock systems
crops
farmers
cereals
legumes
drylands
policies
livestock
resilience
technology
gene banks
rangelands
value chains
smallholders
partnerships
gender equity
food security
heat tolerance
water scarcity
remote sensing
small ruminants
water management
rural communities
land productivity
capacity building
agricultural research
conservation agriculture
climate change adaptation
environmental degradation
genetic resources conservation