The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture is a not-for-profit, international center of excellence for research and development in marginal environments. ICBA was established in 1999 through the visionary leadership of the Islamic Development Bank , the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development and the Government of United Arab Emirates. The host country, through the Ministry of Water and Environment and the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi extended the agreement with IDB in 2010 and increased their financial support to the Center. The Center originally focused on the problems of salinity and using saline water for irrigated agriculture. Over the last 13 years, ICBA has evolved into a world-class modern research facility with a team of international scientists conducting applied research to improve the well-being of poor farmers in marginal environments. In 2013, the Center developed a new strategic direction addressing the closely linked challenges of income, water, nutrition, and food security. The new Strategy takes innovation as a core principle and identifies five innovations that form the core research agenda: assessment of natural resources; climate change adaptation; crop productivity and diversification; aquaculture and bioenergy, and policy analysis. ICBA is working on a number of technology developments including the use of conventional and non-conventional water (such as saline, treated wastewater, industrial water and seawater); water and land management technologies; remote sensing and modeling for climate change adaptation. (http://www.biosaline.org/about.aspx )