I have a video, on Kickstarter, showing a model food security technology for providing food security in desert areas. See website http://kck.st/12BTmT1. Details of this techology, and techniques to develop water resources will be provided in my pending How To book.
Most counterdesertification projects will utilize micro-drip irrigation so water requirements are reduced to a minimum ... but water is still critical. Even with minimal rainfall, water may be harvested, stored, and conserved. Salt water, from varied sources, may have the salt removed using inexpensive solar distillation techniques. Water may be piped from reliable sources. As an example, our charity (NPI) plans to use water from Lake Turkana and the Tana River for a pending counterdesertification demonstration in Kenya. The idea is to be creative in bringing needed water supplies to desert areas.
Our charity, NPI, is planning a model counterdesertification project in desert areas of Kenya using water for drip-irrigation from Lake Turkana and the Tana River (both near selected desert areas). If the GOK (Govt. of Kenya) can obtain World Bank funding for this project, it should move ahead rather quickly.
Counterdesertification techniques were first proven successful in the Thar Desert of NW India. One-third of all land is desert. The technology now exists to make deserts bloom to help produce foods for nutrient deficient populations, resolve several environmental problems, and reduce levels of repeated conflict typical of desert areas. (Please see my article under this topic for details.)
Greenpeace is being asked to help in this effort to create "barriers" that will prevent Monsanto and other biotech/ chemical companies from spreading toxic seeds and harmful herbicides/ poisons to desert areas not yet polluted in the name of corporate profit optimization.
The first successful model of counterdesertification took place in the Thar Desert of NW India. My charity, NPI, is planning a demonstration of its advanced counterdesertification technologies in a desert area of Kenya. One of our new techniques is to plant Facai, a desert vegetable that grows on desert sands in a thick, dark-green mat (see photo). Thus, the Facai helps to prevent desert sands from blowing while also acting to conserve the limitied amount of moisture available. (This is only one of NPI's several related counterdesertification technologies.)