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  • Zayed University Hosts Drone Synergies Global Conference

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Dubai, 15 November 2018Zayed University, Dubai hosts the first edition of Drone Synergies global conference, which highlights the role of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in education, technology, smart agriculture, food security, environmental and natural resource management.

  • ICBA, IFAD team up to boost food security in developing countries

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Dubai, 13 November 2018 ― The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, joined forces today to work towards agricultural development and food security in developing countries, contributing to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • ICBA, Uzbekistan’s Innovation Ministry partner to set up international Aral Sea innovation center

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Samarkand, Uzbekistan│Dubai, UAE,  October 16, 2018 – The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and the Ministry of Innovative Development of Uzbekistan signed today a memorandum of understanding to establish an international innovation center for the Aral Sea Basin under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The center will be based in Nukus at the experimental station of the State Committee on Forestry in Karakalpakstan (an autonomous republic within Uzbekistan).

  • Uzbekistan to host international Aral Sea science, innovation forum

    Saturday, October 13, 2018

    Samarkand, Uzbekistan, October 13, 2018 – More than 100 delegates, including senior policymakers, representatives of international and regional development organizations, scientists, experts and professionals from Azerbaijan, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan will convene in Samarkand on 16-18 October 2018 to discuss how science and innovation can boost sustainable development in the Aral Sea Basin.

  • ICBA and partners share five years of water management success in Euphrates-Tigris river basin

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Amman, Jordan, June 28, 2018 – Over 45 participants, representing various government, national and international organizations, came together in Jordan today to share key achievements of the five-year project titled Collaborative Programme Euphrates and Tigris (CPET).

  • UAE Minister of State for Future Food Security approves ICBA’s new board of directors

    Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    Dubai, UAE, June 27, 2018 – In line with a resolution issued by Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE Minister of State for Future Food Security, a new Board of Directors has been appointed at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) with immediate effect.

  • ICBA scientists manage to increase fish biomass by 300% using reject brine

    Thursday, June 7, 2018

    Dubai, UAE, June 7, 2018 – Through an improved, cost-effective inland modular farming approach in desert environments, scientists at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) have achieved one of the highest fish biomass densities of Tilapia fish (30 kg per cubic meter) compared to previous growing seasons (10 kg per cubic meter), using reject brine (waste water) from desalination units.

  • ICBA, Pakistan’s regional investment body team up to boost agriculture in northwest

    Monday, May 28, 2018

    Dubai, UAE, May 28, 2018 – The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Board of Investment and Trade (KP-BOIT), Pakistan, have joined forces to improve the agricultural sector in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and work together to strengthen cooperation in areas of common interest.

    The cooperation was recently formalized through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General of ICBA, and Mr. Nazir Ahmad Awan, CEO/Secretary of KP-BOIT, in Dubai.

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

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Dubai, UAE, May 17, 2018 – 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.

    It is the first time that halophytic vegetables are being grown in the UAE conditions, both in the open field conditions and a simple net-house structure, without using fresh water.

  • ICBA achieves progress in breaking Salicornia yield ceiling

    Thursday, May 10, 2018

    Dubai, UAE, May 10, 2018: 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.

    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. This is the first time Salicornia has produced such high yield under UAE conditions.