Thu 15-02-2018 13:55 PM
DUBAI, 15th February, 2018 (WAM) -- The President of the Islamic Development Bank, IDB, Dr. Bandar Hajjar, has paid a visit to the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture, ICBA, to discuss collaboration and experience the centre’s advances in, and contributions to agricultural research and development in different regions, particularly IDB member countries.
Dr. Hajjar was briefed about ICBA’s research-for-development initiatives in such areas as aquaculture and bioenergy, climate change adaptation, natural resources management, crop productivity and diversification, and policy analysis.
During the meeting, Dr. Hajjar emphasised the interest shown by the UAE towards food security and praised the UAE decision to create the Future Food Security Ministry. He also re-affirmed the importance of field research conducted by ICBA, which helps countries improve export of agricultural products and achieve self-sufficiency in food security, and as a result, playing a direct role in opening new markets for the private sectors especially for biological products.
"I am impressed with how far the centre has gone forward since our bank laid its foundations along with the UAE government and other partners nearly two decades ago. Over the years ICBA has become an international centre of excellence that serves IDB member countries and the rest of the world. Today the centre plays an important role in tackling a number of the global challenges like climate change, poverty and hunger in many countries. I am convinced that the centre will continue to grow and deliver on its mission that is also shared by our bank and stakeholders. And we are committed to supporting the centre on this path."
Professor Abdulrahman Sultan Alsharhan, Chairman of ICBA Board of Directors, said, "IDB is one of the institutions that established ICBA in the UAE in 1999. Since then, the bank has played an instrumental role in the centre's growth into a fully-fledged international applied research organisation focused on some of the most pressing problems like salinity, water scarcity, food insecurity and climate change in different parts of the world. With support from the UAE government and IDB, as well as other donors, ICBA has established itself as an advanced center for research, innovation and technology with a unique focus on marginal environments."
Following the meeting, Dr. Hajjar toured ICBA’s facilities, including the Integrated Aqua-Agriculture System, experimental fields, wastewater treatment plots, biochar production sites, greenhouses and net-houses, and the Emirates Soil Museum.