The rolling dunes, sand for miles, a barren desert landscape. These are the images many associate with Saudi Arabia.
Harsh as its environment is in many places, Saudi Arabia does host plants and wildlife. In spring the desert blooms, and could support many more trees than exist there today. However, much of the natural flora has been lost to agriculture, industrialization, and the urbanization of this rapidly growing country.
This brings us to Al-Ghat, where we are working with a private date farmer to restore the area’s natural landscape. To bring this nature back, we are working with local partners to plant the Moringa tree (Moringa peregrina). The Moringa tree comes from the same family as the Moringa oleifera, which has been designated a “Super Tree” due to its rich proteins and the medicinal value of natural antibiotics found in its seeds.