International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA)

Member Type: 
MENA Research Center
United Arab Emirates
Research Focus Areas: 
On-farm water-use efficiency and productivity
Water valuation and pricing
System-wide water use management and modeling
Artificial and natural groundwater recharge/discharge
Groundwater pollution and degradation
Groundwater socioeconomics and policy
Climate change adaptation
Brackish water
Treated wastewater reuse
Modeling the water/food/energy nexus
Community Interests: 
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The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) is a non-profit, autonomous, international agricultural research center headquarted in Dubai, UAE. ICBA’s work focuses on the closely linked issues of water, environment, income, and food security. The Center’s applied research for development aims to address agricultural challenges in marginal environments, including assessment of natural resources, climate change adaptation, crop productivity and diversification, aquaculture, bio-energy, and policy analysis.
ICBA is working on a number of technology developments, including the use of conventional and non-conventional water (such as saline, treated wastewater, industrial water, agricultural drainage, and seawater); water and land management technologies; and remote sensing and modeling for climate change adaptation. Building capacity and sharing knowledge is an important part of ICBA's mission. The Center's work reaches countries (including least developed) in Central Asia and the Caucasus, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), South and South East Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.