Help farmers preserve their land and sustain their future
Desertification is threatening farmlands as well as our future food supply but together we can fight back.
Private donors cover our operating costs so all of your donations
go directly to the farmers in need of help
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Stop The Desert
The deserts are increasing in 6 out of 7 continents, +100 countries are affected, and each year the deserts grow
with an area the size of Ireland.
Unless something is done the last harvest on this planet might well have taken place within the next 60 years.
Some UN officals say desertification
is the greatest threat to the planet, others argue it’s climate change.
The truth is the two are inseparately intertwined and one thing is obvious:
The more desert, the less fertile land and thus less food to feed the world.
Just as you sponsor a child in Africa
we want you to help sponsor a farm.
The farms need help to change
to regenerative farming and
throughout the process StopTheDesert will keep you updated
on the transformation of the farmland.
The Moringa tree is often called the miracle tree because it’s one of the most nutrient-dense trees in the world. That aside, it’s also drought-resistant and wildfire sturdy. It has become our beacon of hope and that’s why its green leaves were chosen as our logo.
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The Desert is Coming
Already desert covers more than 20% of all landmasses in the world and is to be found on all seven continents. When the deserts are growing it’s not a natural process but a man-made one. Desertification is mainly affecting Africa, America and Asia – with Africa being affected the most by both drought and desertification. As always causing hunger and poverty.
In North America 40% of the crop and rangeland has already turned to desert and even EU has had to make plans to combat desertification taking place in Spain and Greece for instance.
China has done a great effort to contain the mighty Gobi desert but even with +50 billions trees being planted they still haven’t been able to stop the growth of their deserts.
How do we work?
We believe that to truly transform the land it needs to be led by local partners. The local partners receive help from extension officers who again have access to international expert knowledge. The process is documented and shared with StopTheDesert and finally, the finished projects will be certified as regenerative farming by the international organization Eco-Cert.
Where do we work?
We accept applications from farms around the world. We evaluate which farms are most in need and based on our assessment criteria we select which farms to help. Right now our primary focus is East Africa.
Articles About Desertification
This is a Nation Geographic article about what constitutes a desert. It can be recommended to understand better the concept.
Holding Back the Desert
Interesting article on what’s being done on trying to hold back the growing deserts of the world. Published by DW.com
The American Sahara
This article by Thomas J. Elpel describes how the deserts keep growing in North America.
EU Fighting Desertification
This special report from the European Court of Auditors (2018) highlights the need for more action in EU to this growing threat primarily in Southern Europe.
This National Geographic article explains desertification in layman’s terms as well as presents suggestion to fight it.
On this webpage there are links to scientific articles and chapters on desertification.
Explainer: ‘Desertification’ and the role of climate change
Carbon brief explains the role of climate change and its catalyzing effects on desertification around the world.
UN Convention to Combat Desertification
The UN Convention to Combat Desertification website. A website containing both news as well as a knowledge hub with toolboxes for everyone fighting desertification.
Moringa: the ‘Miracle Tree’
It’s been called “the Miracle Tree,” “the Tree of Life” and “Mother’s Milk.”. So what is that’s so special about the moringa tree?
With our Fund-a-Farm program you will be able to sponsor the transformation of farms located up to and threatened by deserts. It will be based on a monthly subscription plan and month by month you will be able to follow the development of the land.
Back to the Roots – Regenerative Farming
Experiences from Niger and India show that going back to traditional farming techniques (no tilling / cover cropping / johads) can revitalize otherwise arid land and stop desertification. Sponsoring this transformation you will be part of one of the most important environmental changes in the world today.
An extra bonus to the farmer is that the revitalized land will be farmed in a sustainable way and thus the land will once again become a carbon sill. That means that the farmers will be able to sell their carbon absorption to Western companies wanting to offset carbon footprints.
StopTheDesert is a non-profit committed to fight desertification around the world. Based on thorough research, designated areas are selected and here local farmers will receive help transforming their agriculture to regenerative farming. This regenerates their land as well as protects it against future desertification. The transformations are funded by donors and the process is done in close collaboration with local experts as well as experts within regenerative farming. Finally, in the end of a project, Ecocerts will certify that it lives up to their Regenerative Agriculture standard.
A Brief History
Having worked together on a vast number of IT projects, Elias and Ryan now know each other for more than 15 years. Elias’ family used to own a farm in Denmark and we both feel passionately about the environment so when we first started reading about desertification we right away felt the need for action. During the 2021 Covid lockdown push came to shove and we spent the following years studying desertification, designing a business model as well as setting up business entity and IT-platform, finding partners etc.
Elias is responsible for business development. He has studied Philosophy at University of Copenhagen and he has the last 25 years been starting up a number of businesses internationally. He lives in Copenhagen and is married with four children. Ryan is responsible for the IT development. Ryan has more than 20 years of IT development experience. He resides in Manila and is married with no children.
StopTheDesert has a dedicated international Advisory Board.
Brack is a product management consultant from Toronto, Canada. He grew up in a small village in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, an island in the Indian Ocean where agriculture is the main source of income for most families. He wants to enable small farmers to preserve their land and be profitable.
Ming is from Shanghai, China. She previously lived in Denmark and for +15 years she was the director and owner of Traad, a clothing production factory, before becoming the head of the Fashion Design Department in the ECNU School in Shanghai.
Paul is an affiliate account manager and an English teacher from Malawi and has also been involved in a number of start-ups before.
Deserts of the World
The Sahara is probably the most famous desert in the world and it is also the largest hot desert. Situated in Northern Africa it covers 5 major countries.
The Gobi desert covers 500.000 square miles in China and Mongolia. It’s growing in size and China is doing everything it can to fight back the Gobi.
Antarctica is actually recognized as the biggest desert in the world. Mostly covered in ice it has a stunning area of more than 5 million sq miles.
The Patagonian desert is a long desert bounded by the Andes to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. It’s going all the way through Argentina and Chile.
The Arctic is a cold desert. Located toward’s the North Pole it gets very little precipitation (appr. the same as the Sahara desert).
35% of the Australian continent has so little precipitation that it’s considered desert. In the middle of the desert Uluru can be seen standing almost 300 m high.
This is a huge sandy savanna covering 350.000 square miles in Southern Africa. It is located in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Angola.
When many westerners hear the word Arabian Desert they think of Lawrence of Arabia. With its 900.000 square miles it is also the world’s fifth largest desert.
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