Stephen Loss, Atef Haddad, Jack Desbiolles, Harun Cicek, Yaseen Khalil, and Colin Piggin
This publication is designed to help innovative farmers, machinery manufacturers,
extension specialists, and researchers learn more about conservation
agriculture (CA) in the Middle East, especially the practicalities
of implementing the various CA principles in the field. Although CA was
little known in the Middle East prior to 2005, it has been increasingly adopted
around the world over the past four decades, and has been adapted
Prepared by: Dr Stephen Loss, Project Leader, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Syria
Co-authors: Dr Colin Piggin, Previous Project Leader and Consultant, ACIAR; Mr Atef Haddad Agronomist, ICARDA; Dr Abdul Sattar Alrijabo, University of Mosul; Dr Muhajid Al Kubaisy, State Board for Agricultural Research, Baghdad; Prof Kadambot Siddique, The University of Western Australia; Dr Matthew Denton, The University of Adelaide
Between 2005 and 2014 ACIAR and AusAID supported a project with the overall goal of improving the productivity and sustainability of crop production in the drylands of northern Iraq, funded in three phases. The third phase of the project discussed in this report was designed to build upon two previous phases, to specifically develop and promote conservation agriculture (CA) in Iraq.
Prepared by: Harry Nesbitt, Australian Program Coordinator, and Luc Spyckerelle, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, Seeds of Life – Timor-Leste program, University of Western Australia
Co-authors: Seeds of Life 3 team members; Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Timor-Leste; Centre for Plant Genetics and Breeding, University of Western Australia
The objective of the Seeds of Life 3 (SoL3) program was to improve food security through increased productivity of major foodcrops. The foodcrops SoL3 targeted were in first instance the staple foodcrops of the Timorese menu, i.e. maize, rice, peanut, cassava and sweet potato. The program also expanded into research on legumes (e.g. kidney beans, mung beans and winged beans) and temperate crops (e.g. wheat, barley, potatoes).
Prepared by: Roberto Busi
Co-authors: Bhagirath S Chauhan, Stephen B Powles
This work has aimed to identify the challenges posed by current weedy rice infestation levels in the Philippines and Vietnam, two major Asian rice producers, develop novel solutions for weed management in rice, identify research gaps and support stewardship for the adoption of new technologies (i.e. Clearfield technology) for effective control of weedy rice in Asia.