Soil, Water & Agronomy


Sustainable Soil, Water, and Agronomy management for a fertile future

Climate change, soil degradation, and limited resources —particularly water —are jeopardizing the agricultural future of the world’s dry areas. In response, ICARDA conducts sustainable soil, water and agronomy management research to develop diversified and sustainable techniques for small and large-scale farming to strengthen livelihoods resilience and diversify cereal-based irrigated, rain-fed and conservation agricultural food systems. We also promote the safe use of treated wastewater to generate feed, fodder, and trees, and develop sustainable desert agriculture. Helping to develop One CGIAR initiatives

Under the One CGIAR reformulation, ICARDA’s Soil, Water, and Agronomy (SWA) team cooperated with sister CGIAR centers in 2021 to develop new frameworks that would govern CGIAR’s future agronomy, water management, and soil health initiatives throughout the world. ICARDA’s SWA team supported the development of the One CGIAR Excellence in Agronomy (EiA) and Nexus Gains initiatives. EiA aims to deliver agronomic gains for smallholder farming households in prioritized farming systems, emphasizing the measurable impact of women and young farmers on food and nutrition security, income, water use, soil health, and climate resilience. SWA is leading its Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) regional team, focusing on Egypt and Morocco. Meanwhile, the Nexus Gains initiative focuses on Sudan and Uzbekistan by generating outputs via four work packages and a cross-cutting capacity development program across water, energy, food, forests, and biodiversity systems.


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