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Qatar Pilot results exceed expectations “We see this prototype as an enabler to solve food security issues in lands hit by desertification, but as well as a tool to eradicate poverty through job creation on the large scale”, say Herben and Humoud Al-Mannai, Chief Technology Officer of Qafco. In addition to the three partners, scientific researchers from Qatar, the MENA region, Europe, and the United States has participated in the scientific platform provided by the Pilot Facility. Key findings The results demonstrate that there are significant comparative advantages using saltwater for the integration of food production, revegetation and renewable processes: • The seawater-cooled greenhouse has proven to be highly productive. The yields are competitive with those in commercial operations in Europe. Current yields indicate three crops a I I January 2014 23

Landscape Magazine January 2014

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