Chaired by Mr Fawzi AlSultan, the ICBA Board of Directors met on 27 November 2012.
At the Foresight Symposium Gala Dinner held on the 25 November in Dubai, His Excellency Dr. Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, stressed that the United Arab Emirates supports ICBA in its roles as an international center of excellence in the areas of integrated management of saline water and marginal degraded land in developing countries.
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Dr Nina V. Fedorov (Distinguished Visiting Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology - KAUST), followed up an earlier visit to ICBA to further collaborative opportunities on advanced greenhouse facilities and genetic engineering for salt-tolerance.
The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Dr Kanayo Nwanze, visited ICBA on Sunday 11 November 11th to discuss current and future collaboration with ICBA. Mr Fawzi Sultan, ICBA Board of Directors Chairman, also attended the meeting.
The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) has conducted a training workshop in Egypt on 4-7 November, 2012 – titled: “Farmer schools for Forage production and utilization techniques under the use of marginal water resources”.
Dr Ismahane Elouafi, ICBA Director-General, attended the GCARD2 (Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development) conference, Foresight and partnership for innovation and impact on small-holder livelihoods, held from 29 October – 1 November in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
ICBA scientists, Dr Rachael McDonnell and Dr Shoaib Ismail, were invited by the Prime Minister’s Office, UAE Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, to join other leading scientists and researchers in the UAE Water Think Tank held on 24 October 2012.