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  • As part of its mission, the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) also promotes crop biodiversity through collecting, preserving, evaluating and introducing different drought-, salt- and heat-tolerant crops suited to marginal environments.

    Why crop biodiversity is key to food security

    As 22 May marks the International Day for Biological Diversity (or World Biodiversity Day) every year, the date serves as an important reminder of biodiversity’s role in food security and environmental sustainability. Today the world faces a plethora of challenges from climate change to overpopulation to food insecurity.

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  • As a pilot study, the center is currently growing six halophytic vegetables at its experimental station in Dubai. The vegetables include Salsola soda (agretti); Crithmum maritimum (rock samphire); Beta maritima (sea beet); Aster tripolium (sea aster); Salicornia bigelovii (samphire); and Portulaca oleracea (common purslane).

    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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  • Salicornia is a salt-loving plant that can be used for food, forage and biofuel production.

    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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  • During the visit, the delegation - H.E. Dr. Sayed Khalifa, Head of Agricultural Syndicate, Egypt, and H.E. Dr. Ali Hazeen, Head of Development Projects, Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Egypt - met Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General of ICBA, as well as the senior management and scientists of the center.

    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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  • 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.

    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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  • 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.

    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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