Jordan Turning The Desert Green

Desert Agriculture Enabled by Seawater and Solar Power


Jordan's Sustainable Solar & Seawater Farm Project


Ambitious, Innovative Project
Jordon has embarked on a very ambitious and innovative project to turn the desert green for farming. They have a pilot project underway in a location that's .62 miles from the Israeli border and 9.3 miles from the Red Sea.

Feeding the World
One of the most pressing needs facing humanity is feeding the world's growing population.  By 2050, food production needs to go up by 50% to feed the projected global population.  The problem is further complicated by the lack of good water, which is a big issue in Jordan.  Furthermore, food production totals 70% of global freshwater consumption and emits 25% of greenhouse gases.  Changes are clearly needed.  Jordan, which is the 2nd poorest water supply nation and three-quarters desert, is taking an innovative, problem solving lead.

Jordan Playing to Its Strengths
Jordan has plenty of sunshine and seawater.  Their solar-seawater solution to making their desert green is both sustainable and simplicity itself.  Jordan's solar energy desalinates the seawater, the desalinated water grows the crops, runoff cools greenhouses and the crops help plough back carbon into the soil.

Using Seawater to Farm Crops in the Desert
This innovative pilot program is about a year old.  Right now the seawater is being trucked in, but there are plans to build pipelines into the desert from the Red Sea.  Plans are to scale up and commercialize this fascinating project by 2020 and start making Jordan a sustainable source of native food for its population and also a food exporter.