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Crop improvement

Wheat consumption is rising rapidly in sub-Saharan Africa and imports account for over 70% of the region’s needs. Change is needed.
Wheat production in sub-Saharan Africa has a bright future, according to the results of a research for development partnership targeting strategic crops.
ICARDA’s wheat program continues to deliver benefits and is using the decentralization of the Center’s operations to more effectively target global priorities.
Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, Senior Scientific Advisor at ICARDA, has been awarded the prestigious World Food Prize for his research on improved wheat varieties.
Wheat and food legumes are staple foods across West Asia and North Africa, providing a valuable source of protein, particularly among the poorer sectors of society.
Insect pests are one of the most limiting constraints to crop production, inflicting losses of billions of dollars worldwide every year.
Driven by shifting temperatures and rainfall patterns, wheat stripe rust is flourishing in new areas.

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