The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) agreed today to step up collaboration on agricultural climate resilience and food security in the Arab region.
In the face of climate change and population growth, among many other global challenges, the world looks set for an unsustainable future. Today food insecurity and water scarcity are a grave reality for hundreds of millions of people, mainly in developing countries. According to forecasts by UN agencies, food security risks will only grow, especially for those who already suffer the most.
Agriculture is an economic mainstay in Tunisia. But it has lately been hit by a growing number of dry spells. The country has experienced several severe droughts in the past years, suffering major economic losses. Alas, lack of accurate drought monitoring and forecasting is making it difficult for policymakers to take early preventive measures.
On 2 October 2017 a high-ranking Belgian delegation led by Her Excellency Dominique Mineur, the ambassador of Belgium to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), visited the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai to learn about the center’s research and development work and explore potential areas for collaboration.