Land & Water

Saline Agriculture Working Group

This working group focuses on identifying practicable solutions that maximize opportunities offered by biosaline agriculture in the context of climate change towards developing more climate-resilient, sustainable and innovative farming systems tailormade for the salt-affected areas. It mainly focuses on supporting sustainable food production in increasingly saline environments while contributing to the restoration and/or protection of productive natural capital affected by salinity and water scarcity.

With sea level rise due to climate change, salinity intrusion will increase and not only affect agricultural production, but also the living conditions of farmers, the quality of natural resources and the whole ecosystems. It is therefore important to support innovative and sustainable food production systems in increasingly saline soil and water environments.

Composition of the Working Group


  • International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) - Dionysia Angeliki Lyra


  • Government of Cabo Verde - Ângela Moreno
  • Permanent Representation of the Islamic Republic of Iran to FAO - H.E. Mohammad Hossein Emadi


  • International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) - Atef Swelam
  • International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID) - Marco Arcieri
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI) - Mark Smith
  • Italian Coordination Group - Tommaso Letterio
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) - Daniel Tsegai
  • FAO Focal Point: Rosaida Dolce