Climate change is no longer a challenge of the future. It is already taking place, and impacting the farmers that are most at risk. Over the years, reduced rainfall, depleting groundwater, increasing temperature and volatility of climatic events are adding to pressure on the agricultural system, which is struggling to respond to rising demands for food.
World Food Day, which is celebrated on October 16 as the founding date of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is a global movement to end hunger.
Sustainable food production is challenging for farmers in marginal environments, which are characterized by limited rainfall, extreme temperatures, saline and low-fertility soil. Forecasts for regions like the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) show that they will be extremely vulnerable to climate change and face the risk of further aggravating the already stressed water and soil resources.
Agriculture is an engine of growth for rural communities, particularly in the developing world. It has also proven to be an especially viable tool for women to lift themselves out of poverty.
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to complete the construction of the Emirates Soil Museum in the Emirate of Dubai. The Museum, a distinctive facility and a unique hub for soil education, will be the first of its kind in the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions.
The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) launched today the design phase of a new major regional program to empower young Arab women scientists and leaders in agricultural research and development.
On August 3-4, 2016, a delegation of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) led by Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General, paid a series of official visits to partner organizations in Sudan.
A delegation from the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) headed by Mr. Mohammed Mohammed Saleh, Director General, visited today the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) to discuss prospects for collaboration.
The Dubai-based International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska are co-leading a $4-million research effort. The project is designed to help the Middle East and North Africa region balance water consumption and increase agricultural productivity, with a focus on drought management.