Experts with Multidisciplinary Backgrounds
Understanding Terrestrial Biodiversity
Supporting the National Aquaculture Industry
Developing Efficient Food Production Techniques
Biodiversity, Conservation, and Ecosystem Management


Challenge

Kuwait’s reliance on imported food for its population and feed for its livestock presents significant public health and economic vulnerability issues. The cost of imported food has increased significantly in recent years, while its nutritional quality has been inconsistent and at times questionable. Kuwait’s efforts to achieve long-term agricultural sustainability require solutions to counteract a degrading and increasingly fragile ecosystem, low and declining soil fertility, limited water resources, invasive crops, animal pests and disease.
While it is unrealistic to expect that Kuwait will become self-sufficient in its food production, it is important that the country maintain a food industry capable of ensuring a reliable and high-quality supply of basic foodstuffs

Goal

The AAP Program safeguards the health and safety of Kuwait’s population by developing techniques to enhance the quality and availability of Kuwait’s locally produced agricultural crops and animal products.

Program Thrusts

Protected Agriculture — Optimize greenhouse designs that feature advanced cooling systems and CO2 enrichment techniques for vegetable production, improvements in soilless production techniques, development of water conservation practices, and optimizing substrates using local green waste.
Integrated Farming Systems — Support the local animal production industry - and lessen Kuwait’s reliance on subsidized, imported and unhealthy animal feed - by developing an affordable and efficient integrated livestock- fodder production model that identifies grass and legume species capable of withstanding local climatic conditions.
Improving Animal Production — Improve the quality of Kuwait’s livestock products such as meat, eggs and dairy, by enhancing the livestock’s immune systems and physical health through the introduction of locally adapted and produced feed to their diets.

Accomplishments

  • Developed an efficient soilless production technique that saves up to 90% of the water used to grow local vegetable crops by using recycled green waste materials.
  • Developed a formula for a locally produced, organic growing medium for plants that is 67% cheaper than equivalent imported products, is equally effective, and is made from recycled yard waste.
  • Worked with the Kuwait Livestock Transport & Trading Co. to enhance the productivity of their livestock, reducing the mortality rate of their dairy cows from 44% to 5% and of young calves from 9% to 1%.