About 90% of Iran is arid or semi-arid land. After years of underinvestment and international isolation, most Iranian farmers have meagre harvests. ICRISAT's research collaboration with Iran includes drought mitigation and improving dryland productivity through community watershed management, crop improvement and better pest control, especially for chickpea production.
240 mm - Average annual rainfall in Iran
30% - Share of Iran's population engaged in agriculture
$2.5 billion - Average annual losses caused to Iran’s agricultural and livestock sectors by drought