The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) agreed to step up collaboration on agricultural climate resilience and food security in the Arab region.
ICBA and AOAD formalized their partnership through a memorandum of understanding signed as part of a visit to ICBA by an AOAD delegation led by H.E. Director General of AOAD, Prof. Ibrahim Adam Ahmed El-Dukheri.
The document provides a solid framework for joint efforts to address major problems, including water scarcity and salinity, facing the agricultural sectors of Arab countries.
As AOAD is one of the specialized Arab organizations functioning under the umbrella of the Arab League, ICBA aims to work with the organization to support its member states in developing land cover mapping and crop yield predictions, and provide technical assistance to the countries in which both organizations operate. To date ICBA has implemented research-for-development activities in, among others, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
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