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Dr. Dionysia Angeliki Lyra, a halophyte agronomist at ICBA, presents her project to the selection panel of the Expo 2020 Dubai’s Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme.

ICBA wins Expo 2020 Dubai grant for innovative project

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) has been awarded a grant from the Expo 2020 Dubai’s Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme to conduct an innovative research project on inland and coastal modular farms in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Azamat Kaseev is one of several pioneer farmers in Kyrgyzstan with whom ICBA works to introduce quinoa. On his farm in eastern Issyk Region, he grows for seed one of ICBA's high-yielding and stress-tolerant quinoa lines.

Mainstreaming quinoa beyond Andes

Quinoa, once a staple food of only the indigenous people in the Andes, has become a darling of food aficionados around the world in recent years. So popular it has grown that even some fast food restaurant chains have now dishes and salads with it on their menus. Its exceptional nutritional composition makes it one of the healthiest grains and an upmarket offering. Quinoa is highly nutritious, gluten-free and rich in essential amino acids and vitamins.

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Unlike major crops like wheat, quinoa is a complete protein - containing all eight of the essential amino acids. It is packed with dietary fiber, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. It is also gluten-free and easy to digest. Quinoa’s health benefits have made it a staple for hip restaurants and upscale shops around the world.

How to feed a growing world, sustainably

This year Earth Overshoot Day, an annual indicator of humanity’s ecological footprint, will fall on 2 August. By this date the world will have arguably used more of the earth’s resources than it can produce during the whole year. The global population is projected to consume 170 percent of the planet's natural output in 2017.

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Study shows how municipal waste can be turned into soil conditioner in UAE

Study shows how municipal waste can be turned into soil conditioner in UAE

Globally millions of tonnes of waste is generated every day and most of it ends up in the landfills or dumping sites, thus threatening the environment and life on earth. Recycling this waste for agricultural production would mean hitting many targets with one shot as the process not only improves soil health that leads to higher agricultural productivity, but also protects the environment from pollution.

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How to grow animal feed with highly saline water in UAE

How to grow animal feed with highly saline water in UAE

Analysts reckon that per capita meat consumption is set to increase in the UAE thanks to population growth and high living standards. By some estimates, it is forecast to reach 79 kg by 2019, ranking the country 7th in the world – ahead of Ireland, Australasia and Australia.

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