General agriculture and farming
Dryland Farming: Crops & Techniques for Arid Regions (Online
By Randy Creswell & Dr. Franklin W. Martin, published 1993, revised
1998 by the Education Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO).
- International: Consultative Group
on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
CGIAR comprises 15 international agricultural research centers, several
of which conduct research pertinent to drylands.
FAO: The State of Food and Agriculture
Full text of the latest version of this annual publication, plus
access to previous editions — each has a special them.
- International: U.S. National Agricultural
The NAL is a major international source for agricultural and related
information. Many resources applicable to drylands. Includes
access to AGRICOLA, a bibliographic
database of citations to the agricultural literature.
This resource, developed by the Institute of Development Studies with funding from Sida, Norad, SDC, and DFID, features country profiles and documents for policy-makers, grassroot
organizations and NGOs, academics and researchers on pastoralism-related
issues, including health and disaster-preparedness.
- ICARDA: Sustainable Agriculture for
the Dry Areas
Supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural
Research (CGIAR), and works through a network of partnerships with
national, regional and international institutions, universities, non-governmental
organizations and ministries in the developing world; and with advanced
research institutes in industrialized countries. ICARDA works to improve
the welfare of poor people and alleviate poverty through research and
training in dry areas of the developing world
Plants in agriculture (including botany, horticulture, crop management...)
- Plant Stress
Coping with plant environmental stress is the foundation of sustainable
agriculture. The purpose of this Website is to serve as a brokerage
of information, a meeting place, a consultation facility and a source
for professional update on the most important issues of plant environmental
- SEPASAL: Survey of
Economic Plants of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands
SEPASAL is a major economic botany database on useful plants of drylands,
developed and maintained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Registration
is required to use the database.
- USDA Agricultural Research
Service: Cropping Systems Research Lab
Located in the dry plains of West Texas, this laboratory currently
focuses on drylands-relevant research including plant stress/germplasm
development, wind erosion/water conservation, and cotton production/processing.
Animals in agriculture (including range management...)
- Forage Information System (Oregon State University)
Links to worldwide forage-related information. Not specifically
drylands-oriented, but much information here will be of interest to
drylands range managers and researchers.
- Global Livestock CRSP
Working to improve food security and quality of life in developing
countries through collaborative partnerships with US land-grant
institutions and national and international agencies.
Pests and pest management
- Africa: The International Centre of
Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
Based in Nairobi, and with a particular focus on Africa, this advanced
research institute works to develop technologies to alleviate poverty
and to ensure food security and good health for tropical peoples through
management and control of both harmful and useful arthropods.
USDA Whitefly Knowledgebase
Whiteflies attack many crops grown in arid and semi-arid lands. This
database covers the whitefly life cycle from egg to adult, host range,
plant damage, and pest control management.
Soils and soil management
- US: National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory
to free software for modeling water erosion (Water Erosion Prediction
Project) and accessing crop information (Crop Parameter Intelligent
Soil Ecology & Restoration Group, San Diego State University
Research focusing on ecosystem dynamics of drylands--especially soils
and belowground processes--primarily in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.
- US: United States Salinity
A National Laboratory for basic research on the chemistry, physics,
and biology of salt-affected soil-plant-water systems.
Soil Resources: Map Index
From the US Department of Agriculture's office of Natural Resources
Conservation Service, the World Soil Resources Map-Index Website
contains nineteen global maps as well as several regional and country
maps related to soil. The global maps include such topics as Global
Soil Regions, Soil Temperature Regimes, Water Holding Capacity, and
Wind Erosion; the regional maps contain information from Afghanistan, Lithuania, and Indonesia. Each map contains information
on its specifications and source, and can be viewed online or downloaded
as a high quality bitmap (.bmp) file.
IALC Member Institutions: College of Agriculture links
- US Member Institutions
- Israeli Member Institutions (under umbrella of Jewish National
Fund/Keren Kayemeth Le'Israel)