Returns to Investment on Barley Improvement Research in Dry Areas
Barley, one of the earliest crops in human history, is grown in over 100 countries. In the West, it is used mainly for animal feed or as malt for producing beverages. In developing countries it is a staple food for millions of people. Developing countries produce about 27 millions tons a year, worth $ 4 billion. Over 90% of this is grown in Central Asia, West Asia and North Africa – where ICARDA’s work is centered. ICARDA has a global mandate for barley improvement research.