IFAD-ICARDA Mountain Water Benchmarks Project launched

July 15, 2011 at 10:09 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The new project will introduce new water harvesting and management methods to improve productivity and livelihoods

‘Improved water management for sustainable mountain agriculture’: this new IFAD-funded, ICARDA-led research project was launched last month, at a meeting in Amman, Jordan. The project will target smallholder farmers in the mountainous areas of Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco, to improve the management of water, land, crops and livestock. Water harvesting, supplemental irrigation, integrated crop-livestock systems and other technologies will help increase water availability, improve water-use efficiency, reduce erosion and improve rural livelihoods.

‘Benchmark’ sites have been selected in each country, where improved technologies will be tested, before being scaled out to similar agro-ecologies across West Asia and North Africa. Implementation will be led by the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute, INRA-Morocco, and the National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension in Jordan. Other partners include universities and government research and extension agencies.

The project launch was attended by 40 scientists, administrators and national decision makers from the three countries, IFAD and ICARDA.

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