More research needed on agriculture in drylands

A report launched at the climate talks in Doha, Qatar, calls for the UN to focus on agricultural research in the drylands to lessen the impacts of climate change.

SciDev.Net says the report, which was prepared by international experts on climate change and agriculture, offers practical solutions to reduce the threats to drylands and boost their productivity as well as examples of successful interventions. It includes best practices for crops and livestock, such as diversification and water management.

The report calls for countries to invest more in science and technology to improve livelihoods in both marginal dryland areas and higher potential lands where production can be improved.

Strategies for Combating Climate Change in Drylands Agriculture was produced by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) with two CGIAR research programmes — on Dryland Systems and on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) — and the Qatar National Food Security Programme.

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