ICARDA unveils its 2030 strategy for sustainable agriculture in drylands

ICARDA unveils its 2030 strategy for sustainable agriculture in drylands
ICARDA unveils its 2030 strategy for sustainable agriculture in drylands

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) recently unveiled its new research and innovation strategy, under the leadership of Mr. Aly Abousabaa, its Director General. Scheduled for the period 2030, it focuses on “sustainable agriculture in drylands for a resilient and prosperous future”.

From this angle, ICARDA has established five fundamental pillars: the evolution of science in a context of changing arid lands, the expertise of its partners, the analysis of its research and innovation strategy the 2030 horizon, CWANA global science and the commitment to a unified future.

By promoting an integrated approach between technology and science, ICARDA positions itself at the forefront of agricultural research in drylands. This allows it to leverage the latest advances such as genome editing, artificial intelligence and carbon capture to develop resilient and sustainable food production systems.

Furthermore, the institute would like to use this symbiosis to implement several initiatives such as the conservation of the genetic diversity of plants, the strengthening of agrosilvopastoral systems, the improvement of environmental and soil health, as well as access to markets and the establishment of policies favorable to agricultural value chains.

To develop these measures, ICARDA conducted extensive consultations with various stakeholders, including national partners, research institutions and representatives of dryland communities. These discussions were essential for understanding needs and identifying priorities.

ICARDA has set a goal of lifting 10 million people out of poverty by 2030, while creating 3 million jobs for women and youth living in arid regions. It also aims to ensure access to nutritious food for 10 million people in drylands, thereby helping to improve food security and reduce poverty in these regions.

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