Wheat technology ‘packages’ transform food security in Arab Countries
Improved wheat varieties plus implementation of appropriate practices has made a radical difference to the productivity of small small farmers
Sultan was wary of new technologies. But with little to lose, he agreed to participate in the project which used his land as a demonstration site. When he saw the results, he changed his mind. He adopted the new technologies, benefiting most from improved wheat varieties and new knowledge on applying agricultural inputs, which increased his yield three-fold (average yield gain 28%). Sultan is now a proud farmer as older farmers seek his guidance after seeing his productive fields. He is not only training others on the improved technology methods and new knowledge, but leasing land from other farmers to enjoy increased crop yields and a growing income.
Major outcomes from the first phase of the Arab Food Security Project (2011-2014):
- A total of 25,700 farmers benefited thus far from project results and trainings through field days, farmer schools, and travelling workshops
- An average of 28% increase in wheat yield achieved across all countries – from large-scale demonstrations of improved wheat varieties and agronomic practices on farmers’ fields
- Transformative impacts in irrigated systems from mechanized raised-bed planting innovated for smallholders – an average of 25% saving in irrigation water, 30% increase in wheat yeild, and 74% improvement in water use efficiency demonstrated on farmer fields in Egypt. The total area under raised-bed planting reached 21,250 ha in Al-Sharkia province alone, with more scaling-out in progress
- Substantial improvements in rainfed systems – providing a 45% gain in yields in Yemen and gains of 24% in Jordan and Tunisia
- Helping farmers adapt to climate change through conservation agriculture. No-till systems increased wheat yields by 16% in Syria, 20% in Jordan, and 50% in Morocco.
- 34 young scientists mentored and trained through the Project’s Young Scientist Training Program.
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