Thursday, 20 October 2011

News from the United Nations Conference to Combat Desertification in South Korea

Looking to the Sahel for Lessons in Pushing Back Deserts

Article by Stephen Leahy

CHANGWON, South Korea, Oct 17, 2011 (IPS) - Nearly all our food comes from the Earth's limited food- producing lands, but those lands continue to be degraded, guaranteeing far higher food prices and less food in the future, experts warn.

But degradation and desertification can be halted and reversed, as evidenced by once barren parts of Africa's dry Sahel Region that are now green and thriving thanks to local efforts.

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