How to Grow Vegetables in the Sahara
The Sahara Desert was once a lush landscapefull of exotic plants and wildlife, before a dramatic era of climate change created the arid plains of today.
Now an ambitious, high-tech agriculture project could make the desert bloom again, and establish a new green economy in the process.
Norwegian social enterprise Sahara Forest Project (SFP) is preparing for the construction of a $30 million facility over 10 hectares in Tunisia -- where desert covers around 75% of territory -- which will bring together cutting edge technologies to regenerate the environment, deliver fresh food and water, and create jobs.
"We try to achieve a triple bottom line," says Joakim Hauge, CEO of the company. "Something that makes financial sense, but also delivers social and environmental benefits."