Global Forum

on Innovations
for Marginal Environments

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Dubai, UAE

21-22 November
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As the world population is projected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050 (UNDESA, 2017), food and nutrition security is high on the global agenda. Achieving zero hunger comes second in the list of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goal envisions a world in 2030 where hunger is ended, food security achieved, nutrition improved, and sustainable agriculture promoted. As ambitious as it may be, there is a big question mark hanging over future food security due to declining quality and quantity of natural resources, including arable lands and freshwater resources, for agricultural production.

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The Global Forum on Innovations for Marginal Environments is organized in view of enormous impact of soil and water salinization and climate change on ecosystems, agricultural productivity, livelihoods and food security worldwide. It is important to clearly map the marginal areas already afflicted by salinity, poor quality water, very high temperature posing risks on a global scale and develop and implement the adaptation and mitigation strategies with robust policy support to effectively and efficiently address the adverse effects.

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The forum will be held on 20-21 November 2019. It will be broken down into the following segments:

  1. A plenary session
  2. Parallel sessions involving oral presentations by keynote speakers and selected ones on different themes
  3. Poster presentations
  4. A closing session

International Advisory Committee

Dr. Abdelbagi M. Ismail

Principal Scientist and IRRI Representative for Africa
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze

Chairman & Chief Executive

Dr. Ren Wang

Senior Vice President of the BGI Group
President, BGI Global Development

Dr. Samarendu Mohanty

Asia Regional Director
International Potato Center

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra

Secretary to Government of India, Department of Agricultural Research & Education (DARE)
Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

Prof. Benildo G. de los Reyes

Bayer Crop Science Endowed Chair in Plant Genomics
Associate Department Chair for Research and Graduate Programs
Department of Plant and Soil Science
Texas Tech University
Texas, United States of America

Prof. Dr. Bernd Mueller-Roebe

Research Group Leader, Plant Signaling
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology
Brandenburg, Germany

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