One of the biggest discussions in food today is all about “how we are going to feed more than 10 billion people in 2050”. Over the past two decades it has become abundantly clear that the discussion goes beyond just increasing production in the short term. It is much more complex and experts agree that we should address issues such as food waste, food distribution, soil health in the short and long term, biodiversity, fresh water resources, climate impact, less meat consumption as well as reducing agro chemical inputs. On a positive note, all around the world there are great examples of passionate farmers that are creating fertile land by turning desert into orchards and fields in a sustainable manner. They are greening the desert.


Andre Spangenberg runs an impressive citrus farm in Augrabie in the north west of South Africa close to the Namibian border. Although the region in this area is dry and desolate it harbours one of South Africa’s major rivers .. the orange river which ensures an ample and continuous supply of fresh water.  In order to “green a desert” apart from water you also need another magic ingredient to grow food and that is compost. By applying compost Andre and his team have created a rich soil vibrant healthy soil in perfect for growing organic lemons, grapefruits and oranges. Andre is a great example how we can use waste land to produce healthy nutritious food sustainably and thus he is part of the solution when it comes to feeding a growing global population.

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