With an increased focus on online learning, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) also began concentrating on reaching a more diverse group of stakeholders in 2020 with its capacity development programs and activities using different tools and platforms.
Four years on, the Emirates Soil Museum has carved out a reputation for itself as a go-to place of learning about environmental protection and sustainable development in the UAE and beyond.
From water scarcity to soil and water salinization to drought, the list of threats to food security runs long. Alas, rural communities that depend on farming for food and income are more at risk than other groups.
Soils are critical to life on Earth. Indeed, they are as essential as water for the sustenance of humans and a multitude of other species. They serve many crucial functions - from food production to groundwater storage to carbon sequestration. It might not seem obvious, but soils store more carbon than is contained in all aboveground vegetation and regulate emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and the Global Crop Diversity Trust, also known as the Crop Trust, have agreed to collaborate on enhancing the conservation of plant genetic resources for marginal environments - areas of the world most vulnerable to climate change, water scarcity and salinity, among other risks.
The shrinking of the Aral Sea is considered as one of the worst man-made environmental disasters. Once the world's fourth largest lake, it has been reduced to roughly a tenth of its original size in the 1960s.
Processing quinoa seed may soon become easier and cheaper thanks to a simple yet innovative machine developed by a group of inventors, including scientists from the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA).
A new book titled “Emerging Research in Alternative Crops” lays out how alternative crops can contribute to ensuring food security, better nutrition, improved livelihoods and environmental sustainability in marginal environments in different parts of the world.
Soil and water salinity is a major constraint on agriculture, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions. Caused by a range of man-made and natural factors, including poor irrigation practices and seawater intrusion, it is exacerbated by climate change.