This 8-minute PBS video features Qatar, which gets less than 3 inches of rain a year and imports 93 percent of its food. It faces a rapidly growing population, aquifer depletion, and serious food security issues. The country uses desalination, which is expensive and energy intensive, to obtain water. The Sahara Forest Project is a 7.5 million dollar pilot plant in Qatar that is integrating promising technologies for testing purposes. A nearby farmer, however, is using low-tech methods which he thinks are working well.
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