Caravan 22: Review of agriculture in the dry areas
This issue of Caravan provides examples of ICARDA's work with its partners to help ensure sustainability of livelihoods for the poor in marginal areas. The focus of our research goes beyond production options to diversification and markets, reflected in our new programmatic structure which we implemented starting January 2005. Our research portfolio is now reorganized into six mega-projects, namely, management of scarce water resources; agrobiodiversity conservation and germplasm improvement; combating desertification; the diversification of rural livelihoods; poverty and livelihoods analysis; and knowledge management and dissemination. In addition, emphasis is being placed on improved income generation from high value crops and by adding value to staple crop and livestock products; rehabilitating agriculture in conflict/post-conflict situations; and closer alignment of agricultural research with mainstream development programs through research for development applications.