ICARDA's innovations offer a sustainable means of raising productivity
ICARDA's innovations offer a sustainable means of raising productivity

ICARDA's application of conservation agriculture in the Middle Eastern and North African region demonstrates its potential as a means of raising productivity across the world's dry areas through the practice of minimum soil disturbance, permanent soil cover and diversified crop rotation. Conservation agriculture helps to improve soil fertility and enhance crop water productivity, while minimizing the total production cost.
Rising temperatures and increasing water scarcity, have mobilized ICARDA into providing dryland farmers with proven solutions that balance yields, conserve resources, and increase efficiency. ICARDA's conservation agriculture means lower fuel, time, labor and energy costs,  while conserving water, and producing healthier soils with improved structure and fertility. All together ICARDA's innovations offer a sustainable means of raising productivity against a backdrop of climate change. Conservation agriculture also reduces greenhouse gases due to the more limited dependence on tractors and fossil fuels, leading to cleaner air as farmers no longer need to burn stubble, and limits soil erosion.