New and surprising insights of ICARDA study on livestock production identify steps to reduce the workload of rural women
[Written by Mouldi Gamoun, Jutta Werner, and Mounir Louhaichi, ICARDA] Degradation of rangelands is a major global concern, but land degradation processes in the rangelands are poorly understood. This lack of understanding has contributed to poorly-informed interventions and policies that have sometimes exacerbated degradation. Rangeland can become degraded due to crop cultivation, over-exploitation of livestock, over-extraction …
A new International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) project, Partnerships for Improving Pastoral Policies (PIPP), is offering policy advice to the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture to update the existing Forests Code in an inclusive and participatory way, while at the same time respecting scientifically proven best practices of dryland rangeland governance.
Non-destructive, accurate, and more rapid alternatives of measuring canopy cover are urgently needed. One potential alternative, developed by scientists at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and Oregon State University, uses image processing software to determine rangeland ground cover from color digital images