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Dryland Systems at COP22

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Next week, we are heading out to Marrakech, Morocco to bring our research expertise and science-based solutions for the consideration of policy makers at the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They will be gathering from 7-18 November to track progress and follow up on priority actions to achieve implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, especially those related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damages. We will be showcasing some of our best work and potential science-based solutions for climate-smart agriculture development in a number of side-events organized by the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), in collaboration with several partners.

Take a sneak peek on these upcoming COP22 activities below. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

Genetic Resources Regional Strategy: A strategic framework for genetic conservation and sustainable use in MENA

Time & Location: 8 November 2016, 09:00 – 10:30, Room 4, Green Zone.
About the event: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN has created a regional initiative for genetic conservation and sustainable use in the MENA region, with ICARDA as the lead organization. ICARDA has the world’s largest collection of landraces and crop wild relatives of barley, lentil, chickpea, faba bean, forage and rangeland crops, along with durum and bread wheat, collected from major centers of diversity, including the Fertile Crescent. These genetic resources, with their robust properties, are a powerful way to fight climate change – including tolerance to extreme heat, cold and droughts, resistance to crop diseases and pests. 

Organizers:  The International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


African Soil Management: Adaptation of African Agriculture – Sustainable and Resilient Soil Management

Time & Location: 13 November 2016, Full Day, Palais des Congres.
About the event: The conference will provide a platform for national governments, local practitioners, farmer organisations and civil society to present, reflect upon experiences, and share success stories and approaches to enhance food security, resilience and productivity in the agricultural systems. It will provide an opportunity to inform the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) initiative, which aims to transform agriculture in Africa.

Organizers: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), INRA Morocco, and the International Fertilizer Association (IFA).


Coping with Climate Change in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region: Meeting future food demand through science and innovation

Time & Location: 16 November 2016, 15:00 – 16:30, Room 1, Green Zone.
About the event: Climate-induced disruptions to food production will add uncertainty and volatility to markets, threatening food and nutritional security in the MENA region – a scenario that will affect the resource-poor families in rural areas the most. A combination of innovative policies and technologies is needed to help the MENA countries better respond to climate change by improving farming productivity and management of natural resources in a sustainable fashion. The MENA region has become the largest global net food importer, with at least 50% of total food supply coming from outside. This dependence on food imports is projected to increase, with the greatest increase in Egypt. Agricultural science and innovation can provide tools and technologies to help decision makers in these countries to improve people's livelihoods and well-being.

Organizers: The International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) and INRA Morocco.


Date Palm, Climate Change & Building Materials: The Oasis City: Urban and Rural Resilience Program

Time & Location: 16 November 2016, 15:00 - 16:30, Room 4, Green Zone.
About the event: A new initiative called the “Urban and Rural Areas Resilience Programme – Oasis Cities” will be introduced in order to seek partners and funding support for implementation. ICARDA’s contribution focuses on innovative research and improved technologies for date palm production – a key plant for creating oasis cities in deserts. The date palm plant provides a plethora of benefits for oasis communities in terms fruits, seeds, animal feed, building materials and other by-products, while also creates favorable micro-climates for other desert plants and species.

Organizers: The International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), UN Habitat, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs (MOPA), KIAAI, and the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland System.


Introducing the new MENA Initiative: Transforming Agricultural Research and Innovation Systems for Sustainable and Resilient Rural Futures and Improved Livelihoods in the MENA under Climate Change Threat

Time & Location: 17 November 2016, 15:00 - 16:30, Room 6, Green Zone
About the event: Countries in the MENA region currently face huge pressures including conflict, civil war, social unrest, mass migration, and high levels of unemployment, particularly among youth. Building on the research outcomes of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems, ICARDA will be introducing a new multi-partner research-for-development initiative aiming to transform rural dryland livelihoods under the threat of climate change in the Middle East and North Africa. The goal is to conduct and apply scientific research to enable and empower young people – including women - to develop and implement modernized climate-resilient agricultural systems to mitigate land and resource degradation in their communities. The initiative seeks to create opportunities for new and better jobs, as well as increase incomes and wealth through the creation of thriving multi-sector rural economies relating to agriculture, ICT, energy, water, education, governance, and commerce.

Organizers: The International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), INRA Morocco and the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems.