Enhancing Food Security in Arab Countries, led by ICARDA, aims to enhance the productivity of food crops, especially wheat across eight countries. Adopting a participatory approach, the initiative tests, validates and disseminates proven innovations and technologies to farmers - including improved wheat varieties, sustainable agronomic practices such as conservation agriculture, and the more efficient use of scarce water resources.
Often, a major challenge is getting the results of agricultural research off the shelves and out into farmer’s fields. Effective technology transfer mechanisms are essential, not just between researchers and farmers, but between farmers and other farmers.
Innovations, technologies and practices are tested in farmer conditions – including improved crop varieties, more efficient irrigation systems that guarantee ‘more crop per drop,’ and proven and more sustainable agronomic practices such as raised bed planting and conservation agriculture.
Across all participating countries, the initiative adopted a varied approach to capacity strengthening: country and regional training activities, inter-country scientific visits, travelling workshops and symposia, farmer field schools and field days have all been organized with the ..