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2012: The Sahara Forest Project greening the desert

Yara co-sponsored the Sahara Forest Project pilot facility outside Doha, which hosted VIP guests at a soft launch in conjunction with the COP18 in Qatar, in November.

In 2012 the visionary idea of growing food in the desert, utilizing solar power and seawater, was realized through the Sahara Forest Project’s (SFP) pilot facility outside Doha, Qatar.

The project, which is supported by Yara and its joint venture Qafco, opened its greenhouses for guests during the COP18 in Doha in December, offering vegetable snacks grown using solar power and salt water.

The SFP is a pioneering environmental project with a unique approach to food security and climate change, using restorative practices to establish vegetation in desert areas.

Yara signed the cooperation agreement to build a pilot facility in February 2012, paving the way for construction and testing. The project aims to produce food, fresh water, clean energy and biomass using proven green technologies.

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