Annual Report 2018
ICARDA continued to play a critical role in the development, improvement, and dissemination of climate-resilient crop varieties last year. The varieties strengthened food and nutritional security and provided a critical defense against extreme temperatures, water scarcity, and the emergence of new pests and diseases. During 2018, some 1,521 sets of international nurseries of wheat, barley, faba bean, chickpea, lentil, and grass pea were distributed to 135 collaborators in 44 countries. ICARDA, through its collaborative partnerships with NARS also released 37 improved varieties of wheat, barley, chickpea, and lentil in 11 countries.