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May 20, 2014
According to the United Nations, women make up some 43 percent of the world’s agricultural labor force, a feminization of agriculture that is prevalent across the dry areas.   
May 18, 2014
At the core of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems is ‘systems thinking’ – an integrated approach to agricultural research for development that considers the full constellation of factors controlling the adoption...
May 15, 2014
The dry areas of the developing world confront a daunting range of severe physical, social and economic constraints – from degradation and water scarcity to weak governance and poor access to markets. 
May 13, 2014
The impressive performance of improved varieties of high-yielding, heat-tolerant wheat introduced by the CGIAR has convinced Nigerian decision makers that a viable solution to their country’s growing dependence on wheat...
May 12, 2014
Cultivation of medicinal plants by women in their home gardens at Erak-Karak, Jordan, shows the potential for improving income and reducing pressure on harvesting and uprooting some species from their natural habitats.
May 12, 2014
Olives are a major cash crop and positive livelihood factor in many WANA locations, and can bring potential income to other drylands locations, as this robust crop can survive where others will not.
April 14, 2014
Conservation agriculture – the practice of not plowing farmlands and leaving crop residue in the field for improved soil fertility and water conservation – is a proven and cost-effective approach that balances yields,...
April 14, 2014
Livestock are a mainstay of production systems in the dry areas of the world, providing resilience to rural communities and an important source of extra income through the sale of added-value products. 

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