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Greenhouses in the desert: Exploring alternatives to enhance food security in the Middle East

UAE-based startup Greener Crop’s hydroponic farm management solutions contribute to achieving the country’s food security targets. 
Combining his family background in agriculture and the tech skills he developed working with the likes of Groupon and Delivery Hero for 10 years, Alexander Kappes started Greener Crop, a hydroponic farm management company specialized in setting up and operating commercial hydroponic farms, in August 2020.

Back then, food security had become a chief concern for many governments, including the UAE’s, as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc with global supply chains and international food manufactures.

As such, Kappes, who is also the CEO of Greener Crop, came up with the hydroponic farm management solution which could sustainably contribute to the UAE’s food security targets. A year and a half into its launch, the UAE-based startup is already operating in the UAE, Qatar, and Oman and its clients include private investors, real estate companies, and hotel owners.

In a wide-reaching interview with Arabian Business, Kappes talks about how hydroponic farming through greenhouses compares to urban vertical farming – which he says is actually not as competitive in the UAE, given the country’s climate and wide availability of land – as well as Greener Crop’s expansion plans.

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