The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) was established in 1977. It is one of 15 such centers supported by the CGIAR. Its origins lie in a 1973 study that highlighted the food security challenges faced by countries across the dry regions of the Near East and North Africa. ICARDA's founding mandate to promote agricultural development in the dry areas of developing countries remains highly relevant today. However, the Center has witnessed several evolutionary changes during the three decades since it was established.
Research and training activities cover the non-tropical dry areas globally, using West Asia, North Africa, Central Asia and the Caucasus as research platforms to develop, test and scale out new technologies, research tools, institutional innovations and policy options for dry-area countries worldwide.
The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is a global partnership of organizations dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources. CGIAR research is carried out by 15 Centers, that are members of the CGIAR Consortium, in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations worldwide.
The 15 Centers – with over 8000 staff, unparalleled research infrastructure and global networks – generate and disseminate knowledge, technologies, and policies for agricultural development through the CGIAR Research Programs. The CGIAR Fund provides stable funding to enable long-term research and effective management.
Role in MENARID
ICARDA is the executing agency for the MSP “Cross-cutting Monitoring and Evaluation functions and Knowledge Management for INRM within the MENARID program framework”. ICARDA will implement the project and create the knowledge networks linking up all relevant stakeholders. ICARDA is responsible for day-to-day management of project activities and delivery of its expected results.