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New paper offers strategies for climate change adaptation in Morocco

New paper offers strategies for climate change adaptation in Morocco

Climate change is no longer a challenge of the future. It is already taking place, and impacting the farmers that are most at risk. Over the years, reduced rainfall, depleting groundwater, increasing temperature and volatility of climatic events are adding to pressure on the agricultural system, which is struggling to respond to rising demands for food.

World Food Day: quinoa and hope of food security in marginal environments

World Food Day: quinoa and hope of food security in marginal environments

World Food Day, which is celebrated on October 16 as the founding date of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is a global movement to end hunger. Food insecurity, which an estimated 795 million people worldwide experience, poses a risk to health, life potential, and even regional stability. In addition to a celebration, World Food Day also provides a platform for discussion around the causes and solutions of food insecurity.

ICBA, IAEA organize training on water management for Middle East scientists

ICBA, IAEA organize training on water management for Middle East scientists

Sustainable food production is challenging for farmers in marginal environments, which are characterized by limited rainfall, extreme temperatures, saline and low-fertility soil. Forecasts for regions like the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) show that they will be extremely vulnerable to climate change and face the risk of further aggravating the already stressed water and soil resources. In order to ensure food security in the region, efforts are needed to assess the actual soil and water requirements to attain desired yields in view of changing climatic conditions.

IDB, ICBA join forces to improve water management in Kazakhstan

IDB, ICBA join forces to improve water management in Kazakhstan

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) have formed a partnership with the Water Resources Committee of Kazakhstan to strengthen operational water management in the Central Asian republic through improved national data availability.

Helping women realize full potential in farming and science

Helping women realize full potential in farming and science

Agriculture is an engine of growth for rural communities, particularly in the developing world. It has also proven to be an especially viable tool for women to lift themselves out of poverty. Women in developing countries rely heavily on the income they earn from agriculture-related activities to provide for their families and as a source of increased autonomy. In least developed countries, 79 percent of economically active women report that agriculture is the primary source of their incomes and agriculture is the single most important source of employment for women in Africa and South Asia.