November 2021

  • Published in Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, the study aimed to identify a suitable detection model for an automated date palm plantation management system that ultimately helps end users, including farmers, researchers, and agribusinesses, forecast date production and tree condition.
New study proposes AI model for date palm detection
Tuesday, 30 November, 2021
A new study by a team of scientists from Loughborough University, the UK, Keele University, the UK, and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) shows that the latest version of a deep learning-based object detection model called You Only Look Once (YOLO-V5) is one of the best methods to detect date palm trees using drones.
  • About 920 extension workers and irrigation experts were trained in the target countries during the project implementation. In addition, 20 farmer field days were organized regularly to provide smallholder farmers with first-hand information about these technologies. During field demonstrations, some 11,475 smallholder farmers visited trial sites and the impact survey showed that the Californian irrigation system was adopted on more than 50,000 hectares of land in all four countries.
Solar-powered small-scale irrigation can boost food security in sub-Saharan Africa - study
Thursday, 25 November, 2021
A recent study by the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) showed that solar-powered small-scale irrigation systems can improve agricultural productivity and income of smallholder farming communities in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The agreement focuses on collaboration in such areas as data-driven agriculture and agri-digitization. It also envisages the provision of opportunities to the academy’s students to engage in ICBA-led initiatives like the ICBA Youth Engagement Society (ICBA YES), which facilitates communication and collaboration between young people in different countries.
ICBA, Astrum IT Academy partner to offer youth capacity development opportunities
Tuesday, 23 November, 2021
The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and Astrum IT Academy, an international IT academy in Uzbekistan, have agreed to collaborate on, among other things, capacity development and knowledge sharing targeting specifically young people.