This is a tour from google-earth: http://www.youtube.com/user/albaydha#p/a/u/1/T5lPQIUHerk
Oh Monsanto is here, no question. There is some agriculture in the northern area of Saudi Arabia with circle-irrigation and it's all sprayed with biocides. That and almost all the food here is imported anyway--one of the things we're hoping to accomplish with my project is prove that the Hijaz region of Saudi Arabia (Western mountain region running along the red sea) could host a domestic agricultural sector for the Kingdom here.
WOW, double good luck!!! I had some family that lived somewhere in saudi arabia for awhile. Not sure where, except that it was some type of city or base for foreigners to live.
Please forgive my ignorance of Saudi politics but could you explain a little about who "owns" the land? How did you get the "buy in" from the government and tribes?
Could you explain in more detail about the plants you will establish etc.
The people there have their own system based on the tradition of whose family lived where--and they respect that system enough to buy and sell from eachother.
On top of that, is the fact that this is a Kingdom and the government doesn't recognize anyone's ownership of any land unless it has been deeded to them by the government.
As for our demonstration site--We chose it and sat down in a meeting with the local tribal sheikhs and the local government office and got their approval to use it, with the understanding that once the project was done it would be handed back to local control as a teaching center and a place that would provide 5-10 permanent jobs.
That is a visual video on how to use water leveling to terrace.