ICARDA's Date Palm project wins Khalifa Award 2021

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ICARDA, on behalf of our exceptional scientists and partners, is thrilled to have won the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation (KIADPAI) in the Second Category: ‘Pioneering Development and Productive Projects.’

During an official virtual awards ceremony held on March 16 in Abu Dhabi, KIADPAI announced the five winners across four categories.

ICARDA won the prize for its flagship date palm project focusing on the development of sustainable date palm production systems in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries of the Arabian Peninsula. The project’s goal is to develop date palm production systems by utilizing available modern technology.

ICARDA won the award alongside Boudjebel S.A. VACPA from Tunisia, with whom it shares the AED1m (273,000 USD) cash prize for its successful entry. Officials from the Khalifa Award also announced that in total, AED3.5 million will be distributed among this year’s winners.


ICARDA is the only center researching date palms across all of CGIAR, the world’s largest agricultural innovation network. For the past 15 years, ICARDA and its national project partners have explored, tested, and documented diverse technologies and systems revolutionizing water productivity, date palm pollination and high-quality date production in the Arabian Peninsula and beyond.

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