To raise awareness for the issue of land degradation (Land, Lives, Peace)


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World Day to Combat Desertification Geneva 2014

Last Tuesday (17th of June), Initiatives of Change together with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation organized an observance event for the “World Day to Combat Desertification” to raise awareness for the issue of land degradation.

The outcome was an exciting conference, bringing together international experts from IUCN, the Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Bern, Initiative for Land Lives Peace, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and UNCCD.

One key message came out: land degradation is not a fatality. It is mainly a result of human activity including overgrazing, poor farming techniques, deforestation and it is certainly exacerbated by climate change. But there is a lot we can do to challenge and combat desertification. Reforestation, tree-regeneration and rainwater-harvesting are solutions that can make a significant difference.


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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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