These Innovative Greenhouses Help Farmers Grow Crops in the Desert

These Innovative Greenhouses Help Farmers Grow Crops in the Desert

Supplying food to desert regions where populations are increasing and water is scarce has become a significant challenge. Desert conditions, which can be extremely hot, windy, and bug-ridden, make growing most plants impossible. Greenhouses have long been a solution for growing produce in difficult climates, but they most often are used to keep plants warm… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Afghanistan’s Decade-Old Infrastructure Program

What You Need to Know about Afghanistan’s Decade-Old Infrastructure Program

As Afghanistan continues to address the negative effects of decades of conflict, recovery efforts are rebuilding and strengthening the country’s infrastructure. Ongoing conflicts have left many of Afghanistan’s rural residents without accessible, clean water, and irrigation systems have been decimated by bombing and shelling. Afghanistan’s mountainous terrain has sustained damage from war and weather, which… Continue Reading

Afghanistan’s Plans to Become a Transit Hub – What You Need to Know

Afghanistan’s Plans to Become a Transit Hub – What You Need to Know

Being surrounded by land can make economic progress especially difficult for developing countries. With no direct access to a port, landlocked countries can fall behind coastal neighbors that reap the significant economic benefits of maritime trade. Abid Amiri, a director in Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance, recently published an essay about Afghanistan’s plans to overcome its… Continue Reading

Spotlight – Saudi Arabia to Develop Renewable Energy Projects

Spotlight – Saudi Arabia to Develop Renewable Energy Projects

Saudi Arabia has taken its first major step toward large-scale renewable energy with its announcement that the government is taking bids for the Sakaka utility-scale solar energy project. The project is part of the government’s proposal to generate more than 9.5 gigawatts of electricity a year from renewable sources. “The whole idea of this is… Continue Reading

Spotlight – How Are Egyptian Farmers Growing Food in the Desert?

Spotlight – How Are Egyptian Farmers Growing Food in the Desert?

Unchecked development along the banks of the Nile has taken over more than 90,000 acres of farmland since 2011, pushing many farmers into the desert. In addition, sewage and briny wastewater pumped into the Nile have made much of the country’s fresh water unusable. Realizing that traditional farming methods would use up the desert’s water… Continue Reading

Man Proposes Towing Icebergs to Middle East to Solve Water Crisis

Man Proposes Towing Icebergs to Middle East to Solve Water Crisis

For decades, many people around the world have looked at icebergs and thought, “What if?” What if icebergs could be dragged north through the world’s oceans? What if those millions of frozen gallons of fresh water could be melted into drinking water for arid, water-starved places? The dream of converting icebergs into drinking water never… Continue Reading

How the Red-Dead Sea Plan Could Alleviate the Water Crisis

How the Red-Dead Sea Plan Could Alleviate the Water Crisis

A new project that will connect the Red Sea and the Dead Sea could help to alleviate the region’s water shortage and have a farther-reaching effect on Middle East relations. Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority reached an agreement in July to build a 220-kilometer pipeline to carry water from the Red Sea, a seawater… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About Poverty in Afghanistan

What You Need to Know About Poverty in Afghanistan

As a result of decades of conflict in Afghanistan, the majority of the country’s population is struggling with issues stemming from poverty. Years of instability have left many Afghans insecure about food and basic resources, as well as prospects for the future. According to The Borgen Project, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to fighting… Continue Reading

The Middle East Innovates in Response to the Growing Water Crisis

The Middle East Innovates in Response to the Growing Water Crisis

A set of complex conditions, including dwindling supply and skyrocketing demand, has led to a water shortage in many Middle Eastern countries. While water supply has long been an issue in this region, which is defined by desert landscapes and arid climates, increasing urbanization, improving quality of life, and population growth have magnified the problem.… Continue Reading