We must make up ground in the fight against desertification

Check out this article  in The Guardian by William Dar, Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India.

Land degradation is a major obstacle to food security for many developing countries. (Photo credit: CGIAR)

Dar writes that, “A global partnership is needed to tackle the desertification that degrades more than 12 million hectares of arable land every year, affecting some of the poorest and most food-insecure people. One-third of the world’s population lives in drylands where land degradation is reducing food supplies, biodiversity, water quality and soil fertility. Many of the poorest and most food-insecure people live off these lands as small-scale farmers and herders. Because they have no fallback options if this land deteriorates, they are the worst hit by desertification.”

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To read more about ICRISAT’s work on land degradation, see: Improving Food Security and Raising Incomes through Innovative Intercropping: An Interview with Dov Pasternak, Climate Conversations – Small seed packets, big policies tackle Horn of Africa drought, Africa Market Garden: A Smarter Approach to Agriculture, and Translating Efforts from Laboratories to Fields.

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