Irrigated production systems in the Dry Areas of the world often suffer from groundwater depletion, salinization, and heat stress. More prevalent in North Africa and West and Central Asia, Dryland Systems is enhancing the potential of irrigation systems to expand market-oriented vegetable and fruit production, and strengthen the productivity of wheat, forage, cotton, and rice.
Some examples of the work Dryland Systems is doing to strengthen irrigated production systems:
Boosting export-oriented vegetable and fruit production in the Nile Valley.
Raising the production of irrigated cotton, wheat, and rice in the Aral Sea region.
Introducing policies and institutional reforms to improve irrigated production systems and increase the efficiency of land and water use.
Promoting raised-bed planting for reduced water, fertilizer, and seed usage on irrigated agricultural land in the Nile Delta.