Wednesday 30 June 2021
Environmental technology startup Desert Control has opened an office in Dubai to scale up commercial operations after graduating from incubator in5.
The agritech startup is ready to launch the commercial rollout of Liquid Natural Clay (LNC) — an innovation that turns deserts into fertile land — after joining the alumni network of in5, an enabling platform for tech, media, and design entrepreneurs in Dubai.
The company is the latest in5 graduate to leave the business incubator and pursue its next phase of growth. Desert Control has opened a new office in Dubai after successfully raising approximately AED 85 million in its initial public offering (IPO) on Euronext Growth Oslo, a multilateral trading facility operated by the Oslo Stock Exchange.
With 12 million hectares of fertile land — an area more than twice the size of Denmark — lost to desertification every year, Desert Control has an ambitious global strategy to contribute to stopping and reversing soil degradation. By spraying LNC directly onto the ground, the company’s innovative technology allows topsoil, sandy soil, and desert sand to retain water and nutrients.
It has the potential to regreen arid land, sequester millions of tons of carbon dioxide, create thousands of sustainable jobs, and enhance food security. It also comes at a time when water scarcity concerns have never been higher, with agriculture and food production estimated to consume more than 70% of all available freshwater globally.
LNC can accelerate the food security strategy of the UAE and other regional countries. Enormous amounts of water are currently required to maintain green landscapes and forests across the nation. If 50% of this water is shifted to agriculture and food production, it addresses the concerns of water scarcity, food security, and climate action at the same time.