Qatar, which has already funded research for the development of solar desalination, is now investigating whether solar could effectively produce both energy and water for its farming sector.

The Qatar Environment and Research Institute (QEERI), part of the Qatar Foundation is spearheading the project. The goal is to grow more food locally, effectively and sustainably as part of the country’s food security program.

Most food is imported into Qatar, and despite the country’s vast wealth, the lack of a long term reliable supply of food is still on the Qatari leadership’s minds. If Qatar truly commits itself to discovering a way of cost effectively desalinating water from solar, this little country on the Gulf could see itself as leading one of the greatest foreign aid programs since the post World War II Marshall Plan.

That scenario is a long way off, however. But Qatar’s research could have benefits that reach far behind this corner of the Middle East.

Read about the United Arab Emirates’ progress on local food production here.

  From Bonnie James and Gulf Times.

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