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  • As part of the project, the center is also working with Chef Doxis Bekris, one of the famous chefs in the UAE, to develop recipes using halophytic vegetables.

    In a first, ICBA scientists start growing halophytic vegetables in UAE

    Scientists at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) have successfully started growing halophytic (salt-loving) vegetables in the UAE conditions, using reject brine from desalination units treated with fish effluents.

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  • In this regard, H.E. Dr. Osama Faqeeha said: “I am very pleased to visit ICBA today. I received an overview about the wide spectrum of research areas that ICBA is engaged in. I was impressed by the depth and variety of research areas.”

    Saudi deputy environment minister visits ICBA to mull cooperation

    His Excellency Dr. Osama Faqeeha, Deputy Minister for Environment at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of Saudi Arabia, and His Excellency Tareq Alabbasi, Director of General Department of Biodiversity and Combating Desertification, Saudi Arabia, paid a special visit to the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) today to explore areas for potential collaboration.

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  • Working closely with local partners in the UAE, the scientists have recently recorded a bumper seed yield of 3 tonnes per hectare (t/ha) using seawater passing through an aquaculture system.

    ICBA achieves progress in breaking Salicornia yield ceiling

    A team of scientists at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) has made a major breakthrough in increasing yield potential of Salicornia, a multi-purpose halophyte.

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  • The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) today received a two-member delegation from Egypt to discuss potential areas for collaboration.

    ICBA to scale up production of salt-tolerant crops in Egypt

    The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) today received a two-member delegation from Egypt to discuss potential areas for collaboration. The main purpose of the visit was to discuss production of salt-tolerant plants, especially Salicornia (a multi-purpose salt-loving plant that can be used as food, feed and biofuel) in the country.

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  • Following several years of research and development in the country, ICBA is now working with farmers to introduce varieties that have performed very well under local conditions during trials.

    UAE farmers warm to quinoa

    The number of farmers cultivating quinoa in the UAE is steadily increasing thanks to a major program led by the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in collaboration with national partner organizations.

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  • The program has economically empowered seven poor villages, enhanced livelihoods of an average of 460 families in rural communities by providing a sustainable source of income, alleviating poverty and improving food security.

    ICBA, HSBC Bank, Egyptian research institute share excellence award for food security project

    The Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment’s (RISE) Food for the Future is a regional food security project that is being implemented in both the UAE and Egypt. The project is implemented on several components: sustainable farming, solar chicken incubators, rooftop garden, economic empowerment for women in rural area and rehabilitation of lands.

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  • Alternative, non-traditional crops and technologies can play an important role in contributing to future food security in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This was one of the main points made during an open day and round-table discussions attended by H.E. Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Future Food Security, at International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, the winner of the Best Arab Research Center at the Best Arab Awards in 2017.

    Going beyond the limits: future food security is about exploring non-traditional crops and breakthrough technologies

    Alternative, non-traditional crops and technologies can play an important role in contributing to future food security in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    This was one of the main points made during an open day and round-table discussions attended by H.E. Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Future Food Security, at International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, the winner of the Best Arab Research Center at the Best Arab Awards in 2017.

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  • To further strengthen the existing partnership and collaborate more closely in sustainable agriculture and development, the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) joined forces today to work together on sustainability projects.

    ICBA, Dubai Carbon team up for sustainability projects

    To further strengthen the existing partnership and collaborate more closely in sustainable agriculture and development, the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) joined forces today to work together on sustainability projects. The collaboration was formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General of ICBA, and Mr. Ivano Iannelli, Chief Executive Officer of DCCE.

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  • The study forms part of ICBA’s efforts to contribute to future food security of the UAE and support the Government’s initiatives in this field.

    Are net-houses the future of horticulture in the UAE?

    A highly efficient low-cost net-house technology can help to make horticulture significantly more feasible and profitable agri-business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while saving water and energy, an extensive study by the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) has concluded.

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  • Discussing the issue at the seminar titled “More food with less water: partnership for efficient water use for food security”, the experts also agreed on the need to explore alternative or climate-smart crops that consume less water.

    Growing more food with less water is key to future food security, say experts

    Over 100 diplomats, scientists and high-ranking officials from the government, non-government and private-sector organizations today called for strong partnerships and more efforts to find effective and innovative solutions to saving freshwater resources and producing more food with less water.

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