NanoClay: Turning sandy soil into fertile soil
A technology to transform poor-quality sandy soils into high-yield agricultural land
Through a combination of climate change, drought, overgrazing and other human activities, desertification is on the rize. Desertification is defined by the UN as “land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid regions”. Given that around 40 per cent of the Earth’s land surface is already occupied by drylands increasing desertification is worrying. A recent report from the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative claimed that desertification is costing the world as much as US $10.6 trillion every year.
Desert Control, a Norwegian startup, is developing new technologies to combat desertification. Their most successful product, NanoClay, is a patented water and clay mixture that effectively converts arid land into fertile soil. The conversion process from arid to fertile soil normally takes seven to fifteen years; with nanoclay, it only takes only seven hours.
Stage of Development
- Early Stage
- Established Prototype
Organization to Receive Funds
Shared Nation would support Desert Control, which is responsible for developing Nano Clay.