First and foremost, there is more sunshine in the desert! Plants need sunshine to grow, and as long as they are well-watered they can grow more quickly with more sunshine.
Current Palm Oil agriculture releases lots of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Growing in the desert will allow us to begin making a new carbon sink - a place where dead leaves and trees can accumulate and store carbon in the ground.
In many places, deserts are growing and expanding making farming more difficult. Planting a row of trees just before land turns to sand can slow this process and create a "green wall" which can help other farms to flourish.
Current palm oil production takes place in rain forests - places with hyper-biodiversity. Deserts by contrast have very few endemic species. Therefore, relocating palm oil plantations to the deserts will reduce extinctions.
Land is cheaper in the desert! There are also very few people or animals living and no trees that need to be removed before farming.
Why Grow in the Desert?
It may seem counter-intuitive to produce a tropical crop that loves rain the desert, but there are a lot of benefits to doing so! To the left are what we think are some great reasons to move palm oil production into arid regions.