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Desert environments cover approximately 40% of the world's land area and are home to over 20% percent of the world's population. According to the UN, by 2025, 1.8 billion people will experience "absolute water scarcity" with two thirds of the world living under water scarce conditions. Dry lands are rapidly expanding, and desertification poses serious implications for biodiversity, eco-safety, poverty eradication, socio-economic stability, and sustainable development.

The DeserTech Marketplace offers a one-stop-shop to tap into the thriving ecosystem of desert technologies.

We focus on solutions from 4 verticals:

Water frame


Agriculture frame


Energy frame


Infrastructure frame


relevant to the global desert challenges of:

Extreme Climate

Acute Temperature Shifts | Flash floods, Sand & dust Storms, Wildfires (semi-Arid) | Sun Intensity

Water Scarcity & Availability

Water quality & quantity | Water Contamination | Droughts

Land Degradation

Soil Salination | Erosion | Flash floods | Soil contamination

Remote & Marginal Living

Decentralization | Lack of access to basic needs and livelihoods

The Marketplace is brought to you by the The DeserTech Community, which is an Innovation Community that promotes the development, adaptation and commercialization of technologies that enable sustainable living in arid climates, while simultaneously, turning Be'er Sheva and the Negev region into a global hub for these technologies. The DeserTech Community operates at an international level and is located in Be'er Sheva, Israel, part of the world’s desert belt, and a living laboratory of science and technology.

The DeserTech community is a joint initiative of the Merage Foundation Israel, the Israel Innovation Institute, The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Ben Gurion University

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