Sustainable Development of Drylands in Asia & Middle East Project (USAID)
The IALC managed the project: “Sustainable Development of Drylands in Asia and the Middle East” through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Included on the project were the University of Arizona; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and New Mexico State University along with the Badia Research and Development Centre, Jordan. Advisory institutions included the Desert Research Institute, Nevada; Jewish National Fund/KKL, Israel; South Dakota State University; and Texas A&M – Kingsville. This seven-year Cooperative Agreement implemented three interdependent objectives:
- improve wise use and re-use of water, treated wastewater and soil resources at the farm, community and regional levels;
- support human and institutional capacity development in arid lands agricultural development and conservation by partnering with educational and other institutions of host country nations,
- apply appropriate technology, especially information technology, to support sustainable arid lands development. Project countries included Afghanistan/Pakistan, Jordan, Yemen, and India.