Category Archives: Agriculture

Permaculture Projects Promote Sustainable Farming in the Middle East

Permaculture Projects Promote Sustainable Farming in the Middle East

Farming in the dry, arid Middle East is often a fight against nature. As populations have increased, resulting in more demand for food and higher water usage, innovative farmers and researchers are experimenting with alternative farming methods, including greenhouses and vertical farms. Permaculture, which is attracting interest across the Middle East, takes a similar tack.… Continue Reading

This Is What You Need to Know about Vertical Farms

This Is What You Need to Know about Vertical Farms

Greenhouses have long been used to grow produce when the outside conditions aren’t conducive to farming. Middle Eastern countries face increasingly challenging conditions for agriculture, including productive land turning into desert, a lack of water, and harsh weather conditions. As a result, some entrepreneurs are trying an ambitious new type of greenhouse that could help… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Pakistan’s Water Shortage

What You Need to Know about Pakistan’s Water Shortage

Pakistan’s farming sector is in the midst of a severe water shortage that could devastate the country’s summer crops and impact the winter growing season. Government officials hope that projects such as a large dam and a new national water policy will help end the crisis that could affect Pakistan for many years to come… Continue Reading

This Is What You Need to Know about Why Agriculture Experts Are Pushing for More Pistachio Orchards

This Is What You Need to Know about Why Agriculture Experts Are Pushing for More Pistachio Orchards

The soil and climate of Afghanistan are especially well-suited for pistachio trees, which grow wild in the region. However, many pistachio trees have died due to neglect, war, and drought, while many others have been cut down for firewood. Deforestation is another issue. However, experts hope that more pistachio trees can be planted across the… Continue Reading

5 Trends That Will Affect Tourism in the Middle East

5 Trends That Will Affect Tourism in the Middle East

Developing a healthy tourism industry has been a longtime priority in the Middle East, and area leaders have called for strengthening infrastructure to better accommodate visitors. In 2007, the research group Global Futures and Foresight released a study looking at the implications of infrastructure development in anticipation of a growing tourist industry. At that time,… Continue Reading

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

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

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

The Water Crisis in Qatar – Problems and Solutions

The Water Crisis in Qatar – Problems and Solutions

Like many countries in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Qatar is facing a serious water scarcity problem. This crisis is the result of many contributing factors. Among these are the nation’s meager sources of fresh water (mostly rainfall and groundwater) and its high level of water consumption. Read on to learn more about… Continue Reading