A common language for desertification


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Finding a common language for the study of desertification


Desertification is one of the most pressing issues facing the world’s drylands. However, the term “desertification” is only vaguely defined, leading to complications in monitoring and management at all scales.

Arid and semi-arid areas — defined as regions experiencing evapotranspiration in excess of rainfall — may be especially prone to both climatic and human-caused disturbance, due to factors of water scarcity and low soil fertility. These disturbances usually lead to a loss in the ecosystem’s ability to support life, following a breakdown in soil fertility and reduced water availability — a process known as “desertification.”

Desertification is a worldwide problem, but estimating the extent of the phenomenon has been complicated by a lack of consensus in defining the point at which a system has undergone the process. While the UN Convention to Combat…

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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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