Launching ICARDA-led Dryland Systems Program (CRP 1.1)



International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

The global research partnership to improve agricultural productivity and income in the world`s dry areas (CRP 1.1) is being formally luanched to 200 international delegates at an initiation meeting in Amman, Jordan, May 21st~23rd, 2013.

Dryland Systems, as it is known, involves a wide range of partners including nine CGIAR Centers (Bioversity International, CIAT,CIP,ICARDA,ICRAF,ICRISAT,ILRI,IWMI,World Fish), the Challenge Program for Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 60 national agricultural research systems, advanced research institutions, development agencies, civil societies and the private sector. The program also involves GFAR,AARINEA,APAARI,CACAARI, FARA, ASARECA and CORAF.

 • Impact:

Dryland Systems research will reduce the vulnerability of farming communities to drought and climate change and sustainably improve agricultural productivity, resulting in improved and more secure incomes for 87 million people in dryland systems, while improving the productive capacity of natural resources and reducing environmental degradation in nearly eleven thousand million hectares in dry areas using the action sites.

within six years, agriculture productivity and production will be increased by 20% to 30% in high potential areas and 10 to 20% in low potential areas or marginal lands. Out-scaling of proven technologies will cover a much wider are and improve the standard of living of a much larger population.

while a better endowed global agricultural production systems are expected to soon reach their potential, drylands have received the least attention and investment. By better exploiting existing know-how and available technologies, and creating new insights through research with communities, this CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems can have a global impact not only on the livelihoods of those that live in dry areas, but on the planet`s future agricultural productive capacity and food security.

Taregt regions will benefit other parts of the world that face a hotter and drier future from climate change.

• West Africa Sahel and the Dry Savannas

• East and South Africa

• North and West Africa

• Central Asia and the Caucasus

• South Asia

For more information on the program, please refer to the below link: