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Resilient Crop-Livestock Systems

Integrated crop-livestock production systems cushion each sector from external pressure and optimize economic, social and environmental conditions.
Integrated crop-livestock production systems cushion each sector from external pressure and optimize economic, social and environmental conditions.

ICARDA's integrated approach to crop-livestock systems includes animal nutrition, feed and fodder production through the sustainable land management (SLM) and use of natural resources, and improved genetic stock. 

ICARDA's SLM increases soil organic matter and nutrient cycling, fosters biodiversity, promotes diversification and improves soil health by implementing cereal-forage legume rotations, and using the strategic planting of shrubs and vegetation to restore degraded agro-pastoral land. 

ICARDA's livestock genetic improvement projects are practical and low-cost, and enhance farmer access to improved genetics for small ruminants (sheep and goats) through the optimization of economic, social and environmental conditions.

Resilient Crop-Livestock Systems Innovations

 ICARDA innovations help countries and communities strengthen their adaptation to climate change and transition towards food and nutritional security.

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Selected Doyogena ram for use in artificial insemination

Our crop-livestock experts

Our research teams provide integrated packages that help farmers to implement our innovations and new approaches and allow them to flourish:

 

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Newly publish research explains how after an exceptional wet season in Tunisia in 2017/18, ICARDA scientists studied various indigenous rangelands plants to discover their human health benefits and their attributes as feed for livestock and wildlife.
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ICARDA is thrilled to announce that researcher Médiha Khamassi Khbou, studying her Ph.D. in collaboration with ICARDA and lecturer at the Ecole Nationale de...

Photo: Michael Major/Crop Trust
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In 2021, ICARDA will scale up vital climate-smart agricultural research towards better livelihood resilience for dryland farmers.

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