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CENTER FOR DESERT AGRICULTURE

Research center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Dedicated to the study, engineering, and implementation of sustainable agriculture in extreme environments

 

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The global population is projected to reach

10 billion by 2050

How do we ensure a secure, safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply for future generations?

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The Center for Desert Agriculture is committed to finding smart and efficient solutions 

 

  • to produce high-value crops and staples
  • to reduce reliance on water, fertilizer, and pesticides
  • to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • to increase plant growth potential on marginal lands
  • to empower the next generation of Saudi Arabian
    citizens to be global leaders in sustainable agriculture
Discover our vision, mission, and more

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RESEARCH GROUPS

Our international team of scientists investigate a broad variety of biology topics within 10 specialized research laboratories.

CDA NEWS

25 September, 2022

Edible education breaks ground for a healthy generation

The CDA launched Saudi Arabia's first edible education program to promote sustainable agriculture as well as a healthy lifestyle with nutritious food for the coming generation.

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22 September, 2022

Where I Work: Dr. Vanessa Melino

Interview with CDA Research Scientist, Dr. Vanessa Melino: “Salicornia is so salt tolerant that it can grow in full seawater.”

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05 September, 2022

Red Sea Farms, SAUDIA sign MoU to bring healthy, locally-sourced meals to passengers

CDA spinoff company, Red Sea Farms partners with Saudi Airlines and takes another step toward feeding the Kingdom sustainably.

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We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers seeking to create measurable impact in the fields of plant science and biotechnology. Learn how you can contribute to our mission and help us feed the world.