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Considering that during the past 25 years, over a quarter of the earth’s land has been
degraded due to drought, there is no doubt that desertification is currently one of the most
serious threats facing humanity.
It has been estimated that each year over 24 billion tonnes of soil is lost through erosion. According to the UNDP, at the moment over 1.2 billion people are living in extreme poverty of which 900 million are currently living in rural and under-developed areas where their livelihoods greatly rely on the sale and the consumption of agricultural products. In many such developing regions, dry lands account for more than two thirds of total land making the population of these regions especially susceptible to drought and desertification.
In the international community, the issue of desertification was first taken seriously when
the Sahel region (the biogeographical…
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