Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 April 2022 – The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) has organized a special event on the occasion of Zayed Humanitarian Day, which is celebrated annually on the 19th day of the holy month of Ramadan, for a group of female students from the Kulna Club (community garden) on the Zayed University campus in Dubai.
The event was organized as part of ICBA’s community initiative called 3N, or the power of triple noon (derived from the Arabic letter ن, which is pronounced as noon). The three Arabic letters of the initiative represent three key actions: cultivate, harvest and share.
The event aimed to educate young people about sustainable agricultural practices and cultivate a sense of generosity and service.
During the event, students had the opportunity to interact with ICBA scientists and specialists and learn about the center’s development research activities and programs that contribute to safety efforts. food in different countries including the United Arab Emirates.
Dr. Tarifa Alzaabi, Acting Director General of ICBA, said, “We were delighted to welcome a group of female students from Zayed University to observe Zayed Humanitarian Day. We organized this event as part of our 3N and ICBA Youth Engagement Society (ICBA YES) initiatives which aim to engage young people in supporting food security efforts through collaboration and innovation. I would like to thank Zayed University for joining us on this occasion as we pay tribute to the great humanitarian legacy of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates. In the spirit of his legacy, we are committed to continuing to support farming communities in different parts of the world to improve their food security and livelihoods.
The students also toured the Emirates Soil Museum and toured the centre’s research facilities, including the greenhouses. Additionally, they collected around 200 kg of tomatoes, which were donated to the Emirates Red Crescent at the end of the event. Dr. Suhail AlGhfeli, Co-Chair of the College of Natural and Health Sciences of Zayed University, said, “The cooperation between Zayed University and ICBA is fruitful, which can be illustrated by the social responsibility of the University (USR) towards our community, and the ICBA’s role in community events such as Zayed Humanitarian Day is an outstanding example of strengthening ties with UAE society. The event was launched yesterday with the participation of the Emirates Red Crescent, which helps people locally and internationally. During the event, students from Zayed University collected and distributed tomatoes grown at ICBA. Finally, we appreciate the initiative and the wonderful efforts of Dr. Tarifa Alzaabi and his team, and we are sure that this is the first step towards a long-term collaboration. Ms. Dhabia Al Shehi, a student at Zayed University, said, “I am a student at Zayed University majoring in Environmental Science and Sustainability, and a member of the Kulna Environmental Club. I want to thank ICBA for giving me and other club members the amazing opportunity to visit their greenhouse where we learned about applied agricultural research and innovative new ways of growing food while conserving water, which is an essential and relevant practice for the UAE. . In addition, we were shown how to harvest freshly grown tomatoes and participated in the 3N (grow, harvest and share) initiative. These tomatoes will be distributed with the help of the Emirates Red Crescent Society. I hope this won’t be the last time I visit ICBA, and I look forward to future travels and collaborations. 3N was launched in 2020 in line with Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s vision to work with partners and local authorities to contribute to food security, educate communities about sustainable agriculture and promote healthy eating habits. ICBA YES is an initiative to facilitate communication and collaboration between young people in the United Arab Emirates and their peers in other countries. Its main objective is to address local and global challenges related to food security and agricultural production in marginal environments and to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. ICBA YES is designed to serve as a platform for best practices, innovative solutions and technologies.
Mr. Showkat Nabi Rather, ICBA, Dubai, UAE: [email protected], or +971 55 137 8653
The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) is a unique applied agricultural research center in the world that focuses on marginal areas where approximately 1.7 billion people live. It identifies, tests and introduces resource-efficient and climate-smart crops and technologies that are best suited to different regions affected by salinity, water scarcity and drought. Through its work, ICBA contributes to improving the food security and livelihoods of some of the world’s poorest rural communities.