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Dr Elouafi visits the Ministry of Environment and Water

Dr Elouafi visits the Ministry of Environment and Water

HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water congratulated Dr Ismahane Elouafi on her recent appointment as the ICBA Director General when he met with her on 15 September 2012. Accompanied by Dr Ahmad Al Sharif, the Deputy Director General of ICBA, Dr Elouafi met with the Minister to discuss the strong level of cooperation in collaborative ventures between the Ministry and ICBA. Dr Elouafi acknowledged the importance of benefiting from the Ministry initiatives and outlined ICBA’s future plans.

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Regional Participants Attend ICBA Workshop

Regional Participants Attend ICBA Workshop

Sixteen people from seven countries in the region (Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Palestine, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen) learnt more about the importance of environmental impact assessment (EIA) and soil and irrigation management in the use of marginal quality water (MQW) in agricultural production when they participated in a specialized workshop organized by ICBA.

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Developing sustainable water, rangelands and livestock management in CAC

Developing sustainable water, rangelands and livestock management in CAC

Crop diversification and sustainable management of marginal land resources in three Central Asian countries (Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan) is the focus of a four-year partnership involving ICBA, ICRISAT and ICARDA commencing in 2011.

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 Appointment of new Director General at ICBA

Appointment of new Director General at ICBA

Dr Ismahane Elouafi, a Moroccan/Canadian, took up the position of ICBA Director General in August 2012. Prior to her appointment to ICBA, Dr Elouafi held management positions within the Canadian federal system, including the position of Director of the Research Management and Partnerships Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the position of Senior-Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister - Research at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).

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 ICBA Participation in Liwa Date Festival

ICBA Participation in Liwa Date Festival

The recent Liwa Date Festival provided a well-attended forum for ICBA to demonstrate the success of its long-term research into elite date palm varieties to assess the impact of marginal quality irrigation on soil properties, date palm growth, productivity and fruit quality. One component of this research included the testing by ICBA of two date palm varieties (Khalas and Khenizi) with two mycorrhizae and two fertility treatments over four salinity levels of irrigated water.

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