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ICARDA Newsletter Documents Sustainable Agriculture Efforts in Drylands
The March Newsletter from the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) describes ICARDA’s efforts to encourage long-term salinity management investments in Iraq’s agriculture sector, micronutrient research in lentils, conservation farming in Iraq, and training on characterizing goat and sheep diversity for conservation and sustainable use in Ethiopia.
In Iraq, the ICARDA-led Iraq Salinity Project is linking research results to action by policy makers through advocacy activities and the development of dialogue. Research activities include: irrigation system management; ground-surface water interactions; new salt-tolerant crops; and farmer led innovations at the field level. On conservation farming in Iraq, ICARDA is working to develop locally produced and low cost seeders in response to the high cost of imported farm equipment.