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Enhancing agricultural resilience through Pre-Season and In-Season Advisories

Dezembro, 2023

AICCRA project provides pre-season and in-season advisories to farmers in the drylands through the Intelligent Systems Advisory Tool (iSAT). Leveraging historical climate trends and current/future weather conditions, iSAT develops weather advisories delivered via short message service (SMS) directly to farmers' mobile phones. This innovative approach empowers farmers with timely information, covering land preparation, crop selection, planting, weeding, and real-time pest and disease control and management updates.

On-farm storage loss estimates of maize in Kenya using community survey methods

Dezembro, 2022

Maize is the most important staple in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), with highly seasonal production. High storage losses affect food security, but good estimations are lacking. A new method using focus group discussions (FGDs) was tested with 121 communities (1439 farmers, 52% women) in Kenya's six maize-growing zones, to estimate the maize losses to storage pests and analyze farmer practices. As control strategies, half of the farmers used chemical pesticides (49%), while hermetic bags (16%) and botanicals (15%) were also popular.

Assessing residue and tillage management options for carbon sequestration in future climate change scenarios

Dezembro, 2022

Soil carbon depletion is a major concern for food security in drylands. The objective of this study is to test tillage with residue management under sequential and intercropping systems for carbon sequestration in semi-arid tropical drylands of India. We report the findings from a long-term field experiment (9 years) used to simulate the effect of residue and tillage management in Maize-chickpea sequential and Maize-Pigeonpea intercropping systems for the four possible future climate projections using APSIM model.

Remote sensing of soil salinity mapping: status and potential

Dezembro, 2022

Soil salinization is a significant form of land degradation in agricultural areas. Remote sensing is a better way to assess soil salinity than traditional methods, as it provides non-destructive and repetitive informative assessment for monitoring and mapping soil salinity. Different sensors can identify soil salinity in remote sensing data through direct and indirect indicators. A Brief review of the major soil salinity mapping studies is presented here.

From Land Degradation to Land Restoration

Policy Papers & Briefs
Dezembro, 2021
Western Africa

Key Messages and Recommendations

• Combating desertification and land degradation while mitigating the effects of drought can secure long-term socio-economic benefits for people living in drylands and reduce their vulnerability to climate change.

• Land degradation neutrality (LDN) is an approach that counterbalances the expected loss of productive land with the recovery of degraded areas.

• Land tenure insecurity, especially for women, often prevents farmers from adopting sustainable land management practices

Verdir les zones sèches agrosylvopastorales marginales au Moyen- Orient, en Afrique du Nord et dans la Corne de l’Afrique

Dezembro, 2021

A chapter in Agroecology Transformation for Sustainable Food Systems: Insight on FRANCE-CGIAR Research. This chapter is about greening marginal agrosylvopastoral drylands in the Middle East. ICARDA, in collaboration with international and national partners and target dryland communities, developed agrosylvopastoral watershed rehabilitation and sustainable management packages that capitalize on the upsides of the overall threatening conditions to foster agroecological transition.