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Greening of the Desert

Green Desert, The sun to process seawater to fresh, propagate plants to change sand to soil, address climate change.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Power Technical School, Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 10+ years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Abu-Dhabi, UAE

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

United Arab Emirates

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Somewhere in Abu-Dhabi

What country is your selected Place located in?

United Arab Emirates

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Expatriate, working in Abu-Dhabi, spent 5 years, and if I could do something with what I know then we can leave a legacy for the future generations to continue on greening of the desert.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

900 Sq.Km is desert, what if we can make this into a paradise using the sun and seawater.... 

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

There is no food issue in this desert land, but 2050 we do not know, surely not in my lifetime, but what if we can turn this desert into a paradise, using the sun and seawater, with the present day technology. 

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

Food security, from being a food importer to a food exporter

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Abundant food for everyone, where no one has to work for food, because the food grows in the desert, because the desert is "Green and Alive". Paradise lost no more, Paradise found, from a desert that was lost.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

A place where food is free, just like living in a paradise... why should we pay and buy food, when there is so much land, seawater and technology is available?

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Facebook


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Hi Joel Vasquez 

Welcome to the Food Vision Prize community!

For the last hours before the deadline, make sure you have reviewed your final submission through the Pocket Guide to support you through the final hours of wrapping up your submission. This will give you the most important bullet points to keep in mind to successfully submit your Vision.
Here is the link to the pocket guide:

Look forward to seeing your submission finalised by 31st January, 5:00 pm EST :)

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