Without the Fraunhofer-Alumni-Award GreenUp Sahara would have starved#
For decades, tens of thousands of Sahrawis have been living in refugee camps in the middle of the Sahara. The GreenUp Sahara team is now developing systems to grow vegetables in this hostile environment and thus improve the nutritional situation in these camps. Despite strong competition from the other outstanding projects, the GreenUp Sahara project won the Fraunhofer Alumni Award by a wide margin of the votes of the Fraunhofer alumni and received the prize money of 10,000 euros. In this interview, Marc Beckett, an expert in water technologies and resource recovery at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart, explains what the challenges are and what further steps are now being taken. He also describes the adverse living conditions of the people in the camps.
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