|Many farmers, such as this one in Afghanistan, face enormous |
challenges of dealing with drought (Photo: D. Pearce)
Recognising this, ACIAR's research covers a wide variety of issues at vastly different scales (from test tube to farm to catchment), including crop breeding, water catchment management and socio-economic research: a few examples follow.
|Afghani women at a training course on growing pistachio trees|
|Pistachio seedlings ready to transplant at the |
Afghanistan water catchment
Economic and psychology research in the Philippines and Australia assessed the use of seasonal climate forecasts to determine their value to decision makers, at the farm, industry and policy level. The research helped understand how these forecasts can be used to better manage climate variability through crop planting, management, and grazing strategies.
Other research in India, Bangladesh, Lao PDR and Cambodia is developing strategies to reduce farmers’ vulnerability to climate variability, through diversifying their crops and forming ‘climate clubs’ that forecast weather patterns and plan ahead accordingly.
|A 'climate club' meeting in India to discuss crop options |
based on weather watching
|High-quality sorghum is sought after as livestock fodder |
(Photo: CC by agrilife)
The fourth international InterDrought conference was held in Perth last week, bringing together researchers working on the issues of drought and productivity in crop plants. ACIAR sponsored this event, including providing support for scientists from Kenya and Iraq to attend the conference.
By Dr Wendy Henderson, ACIAR's Science Communicator
InterDrought IV Conference website
Related ACIAR projects:
ASEM/2003/009 Bridging the gap between seasonal climate forecasts and decision makers in agriculture
CIM/2006/071 Indo-Australian project on root and establishment traits for greater water use efficiency in wheat
CIM/2007/120 Improving post-rainy sorghum varieties to meet the growing grain and fodder demand in India
CIM/2011/026 Sustainable wheat and maize production in Afghanistan
LWR/2008/047 Integrated catchment management and capacity building for improving livelihoods in Afghanistan
LWR2008/019 Developing multi-scale climate change adaptation strategies for farming communities in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Bangladesh and India
Partners magazine Winter 2013 edition The dryland agriculture revolution