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Water, Land & Ecosystems

ICARDA is promoting raised-bed planting to resource-poor farmers in Egypt.
ICARDA is promoting raised-bed planting to resource-poor farmers in Egypt.

ICARDA’s Water, Land and Ecosystems Research Program supports the sustainable use of water and land resources through rainfed, irrigated, and agro-pastoral farming. The Program adopts an integrated approach to managing soil, land, and water resources.

Research explores strategies that maximize the in-situ storage of water in rainfed agriculture and rangelands through conservation interventions; improve on-farm water use and management for higher water and land productivity; and safely utilize wastewater in the production of feed and forage for livestock.

In addition, the Program’s scientists focus on improving the fertility and health of soil – and developing indicators that can help monitor changes in soil quality; and contribute to the restoration of degraded dry agro-pastoral ecosystems through landscape modification, including rainwater harvesting.

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Rania Gamal, ICARDA's PhD Research Fellow, measuring Evapotranspiration (ET) using instruments introduced in Egypt
ICARDA and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently organized a two-day workshop to document and share the outcomes of a project that uniquely establishes the amount of water used by key crops in regional settings, providing vital data for farming approaches and government policies.

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