ICARDA has the global mandate for barley, lentil and faba bean and a regional mandate for chickpea, durum and bread wheat improvement within the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ICARDA’s crop improvement programs develop nurseries for a wide range of agricultural systems and distributes them worldwide upon request. All nurseries are developed, prepared and dispatched from the ICARDA’s Headquarters in Lebanon, except winter barley and wheat from ICARDA, Turkey.

The international nursery trialing system is an integral part of the crop improvement programs of ICARDA and NARIs partners. It provides the cooperators with the opportunity to evaluate the genetically diverse germplasms generated through conventional and modern breading methodologies under their own agro-ecological conditions and socio-economic contexts. For this process to succeed, effective data collection and timely sharing is crucial.