About Us

The National Research and Development Center for Sustainable Agriculture (Estidamah) is a standalone legal not-for-profit research center based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, managed by a board of directors and chaired by the Minister of Environment, Water & Agriculture.

In 2011, Estidamah was set up upon a joint agreement between the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture (MEWA) and King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh Techno Valley to serve as the main office of the Center, with support of the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).

Estidamah was launched in early 2017 to perform applied research, to adopt and test innovative technologies that will contribute to sustainable agriculture; with a primary focus on specific key strategies, including - but not limited to - increasing crop production per unit area, boosting water-use efficiency, in addition to application and localization of modern protected cultivation technologies.

Estidamah aims to put in place knowledge management and effective empowerment; to adapt and develop sustainable agricultural systems, to supervise research programs and projects, to conduct research and applied experiments in the areas of protected cultivation, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), biological pest control, fertilization, water use efficiency and facilitating innovation; to support and develop sustainable agriculture and expand its applications.

King Saudi University, Riyadh Techno Valley, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, serves as the main office of Estidamah.

Our History


SABIC, supported by the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, initiated the fund to establish the National Research and Development Center for Sustainable Agriculture (Estidamah). 



The Ministry of Environment, Water & Agriculture (MEWA) signed a joint agreement with King Saud University (KSU) to establish Estidamah, and to have it based at KSU’s campus in the Riyadh Techno Valley, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.



The Ministry of Environment, Water & Agriculture (MEWA) signed a second agreement with SABIC, whereby SABIC will be responsible for managing the design and construction activities of Estidamah Center.



A third agreement was signed between the Ministry of Environment, Water & Agriculture (MEWA) and SABIC authorizing SABIC to operate the Estidamah Center for the first 5 years



The Saudi Council of Ministers approved the proposed arrangement to establish Estidamah Center as a standalone legal body, and to be managed by board of directors and chaired by the Minister of Environment. Water and Agriculture


Strategic goals

The Estidama Center has identified four strategic goals to achieve the center’s vision and mission, which are applying innovative agricultural technologies, improving agricultural sustainability, and achieving greater impact through cooperation and enhancing communication and training.

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Application of Innovative Agri-Technologies

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Improving Agricultural Sustainability


Achieving Greater Impact Through Collaboration


Enhance Communication and Training

Our Vision

To be a leading national research and innovation center for sustainable agriculture.

Our Mission

To conduct applied research in sustainable agriculture to promote
collaboration, technology and knowledge transfer in the areas of horticulture.


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Estidamah labs are equipped with the latest state of the art technologies


Greenhouse facilities with High-Tech, Mid-Tech and Low-Tech equipped with more than 50 innovative components including Insect Breeding

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