ICARDA's West Asia Regional Program
ICARDA’s regional program in West Asia encompasses the Fertile Crescent, where agriculture began some 10,000 years ago. It is still home to the genetic resources of globally important crops, but seriously threatened by the rapid loss of biodiversity in the region. The water scarcity, land degradation and desertification are also leading to increased poverty, especially in rural areas where rainfed agriculture predominates. Overgrazed rangelands are less able to support the increasing numbers of livestock, and irrigated production is declining due to depletion of groundwater and increased problems of salinity. And the problems are only getting worse.
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