This is the situation in Qatar: … We only have two days of water reserve, we import 90 percent of our food, and we only cultivate less than one percent of our land.

Fahad Al-Attiya

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“A Country with No Water.” TEDxSummit. Apr. 2012. Conference Presentation.

Source: "A Country with No Water." TEDxSummit. Apr. 2012. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from infrastructure engineer Fahad Al-Attiya's 2012 TED Talk about his home country of Qatar. Says Al-Attiya in this quote, Qatar has virtually no reserves of water, food, or land on which food can be grown. As a result, the country must import its food and use massive amounts of energy on desalinization plants to make seawater potable. While these facts are troubling, Al-Attiya is hopeful that Qatar can use its most abundant renewable resource -- sunlight -- to power technology to make its own water and food. Watch the full TED Talk here: Fahad Al-Attiya - A Country with No Water