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ICBA and FAO to boost efforts to promote quinoa, safeguard water resources

Joint efforts to strengthen food and nutrition security in developing countries

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva with Ismahane Elouafi, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) Director General.

13 February 2018, Rome - The heads of FAO and International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) have agreed to boost their organizations’ joint efforts to strengthen food and nutrition security in developing countries, including through the promotion of quinoa and by combating the salinization of water resources, in particular in island states.

Speaking after her meeting today with José Graziano da Silva, ICBA Director-General Ismahane Elouafi stressed the growing international awareness of quinoa’s importance as a food crop. Together with FAO, the ICBA intends to assist countries adopt improved varieties of quinoa - developed by the ICBA – that are more productive, more saline tolerant and which also require less water, Elouafi said.

She also said that FAO and ICBA will work closely together, including in areas of research, to assist island states with technologies aimed at addressing the increasing presence of salt in their water resources. Such salinization is not only threating island states’ agricultural production but also the availability of drinking water.

Watch Elouafi's remarks following the meeting: