This Moroccan Startup is Growing Crops in the Desert

Nov 22, 2023

Sand to Green is turning parts of Moroccan desert into farmland.

Climate change means desertification is a growing problem, with 250 million people directly impacted by the degradation of formerly fertile land.

The issue affects a third of the Earth’s land surface, according to the United Nations, parching parts of Africa, South America, southern Europe, China and a third of US soil. Reclaiming arid land and turning it back into agricultural fields could be key to ensuring we are able to feed the planet’s population.

Sand to Green is a Moroccan startup that can transform a patch of desert into a sustainable and profitable plantation in five years, according to Wissal Ben Moussa, its co-founder and chief agricultural officer.

“Desertification is the future of a lot of countries today,” she says. “Our solution is using agroforestry to create a new kind of agriculture that is sustainable and that can be resilient in front of climate change.”

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