Containing the menace of wheat rusts
In the 2014/15 cropping season, Ethiopia produced 4.23 million tons of wheat grain on 1.7 million hectares of land, with an increase of more than 2 million tons since 2007/8. Wheat is an incredibly important crop in Ethiopia and significantly contributes to the livelihood of smallholder farmers and urban consumers.
Nevertheless, wheat production and productivity are constantly being threatened by new emerging diseases, in particular, wheat rust diseases. In response, there have been a number of efforts in the research and development
area to combat these threats.
According to the introduction of Containing the Menace of Wheat Rusts: Institutionalized Interventions and Impacts, “This book documents ICARDA’s experience in rapid deployment of rust resistant wheat varieties through bilateral and multilateral projects in general and the ICARDA-EIAR project entitled Deployment of rust resistant varieties for ensuring food security in Ethiopia in particular highlighting the framework of fast track variety testing and release and accelerated seed production to mitigate and/or control wheat rusts.”
To learn more about efforts at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas(ICARDA) to combat and contain wheat rust diseases in Ethiopia read Containing the Menace of Wheat Rusts: Institutionalize Interventions and Impacts here.