07 April 2022, UAE: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, regional ministers and NARS representatives gave a thumbs up to the Integrated Desert Farming Innovation Platform concept presented by CGIAR at a recent KIADPAI/CGIAR side-event during the 7th International Date Palm Conference in Abu Dhabi.
The side event was opened by Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, United Arab Emirates’ Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Dr. Abdelouahab Zaid, Secretary-General of KIADPAI, and brought together experts and stakeholders from all over the region.
The Integrated Desert Farming Innovation Platform boosts a new phase of international and regional collaboration, sharing knowledge and assets to accelerate agricultural innovations along field-to-fork value chains. The Platform builds on established foundations such as improved water management, the development of climate-smart crops, integrated crop/livestock systems, and efforts to reduce desertification while boosting pillar industries such as date palm production. It will also fast-track technology innovation breakthroughs in water and soil productivity and accelerate the adoption of innovative information technology, artificial intelligence, integrated pest management, and digital extension services.
The side event was a unique opportunity to discuss regional and country-specific challenges with Ministers, NARS experts and other key stakeholders all together in the same room, and to pinpoint clear objectives and a roadmap for the platform.