The severe water scarcity in the West Asia and North Africa (WANA) region, which includes Egypt, the salinization of more than 25 to 40 percent of the irrigated agricultural land in the region and the severe deterioration of the groundwater-based agricultural system with salinity of more than 50 percent of such land. In addition to the severe impact of the climate change in the region, all has led to more deterioration in the agricultural resources and to lower productivity in many marginal areas within the WANA region. This has called to search for alterative production system that are more resilient and more adapted to marginal environmental conditions.
ICBA in partnership with several partners in the region has developed an integrated approach to enhance agricultural production in the marginal environments and address the impact of climate change through development of more resilient genotypes, optimized management, enhanced crop production, enhanced livestock, and enhanced crop products. At the center of this integrated system is the availabilty of the seeds of resilient genotypes, which are not available commercially
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