Near Tripoli, Libya 1953. Following the declaration of independence of Libya, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) sent to that country a large mission of experts in agriculture, forestry, agricultural statistics and marketing. Dune fixations and reforestation count among the most important points of the FAO programme in Libya. An important part of the country is unsuited to any form of permanent cultivation, apart from afforestation. This photograph shows in the foreground, experiments in dune fixation under the supervision of the FAO forestry expert with Saccharum aegytiacum. In the background, previous experiments are visible, accomplished in 1951-52 by private enterprise with various varieties of grass: the failure was due to an insufficient amount of material.