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Five Friday Facts: Desertification

Posted on the 28 June 2013 by 2ndgreenrevolution @2ndgreenrev

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Today’s facts come from the United Nations. June 17th was “World Day to Combat Desertification.” With that in mind, here are the facts:

  • 2.6 billion people depend directly on agriculture, but 52% of the land used for agriculture is moderately or severely affected by soil degradation.

  • Land degradation affects 1.5 billion people globally.

  • Arable land loss estimated at 30 to 35 times the historical rate.

  • Due to drought and desertification each year 12 million hectares are lost (23 hectares/minute!), where 20 million tons of grain could have been grown.

  • 74% of the poor (42% of the very and 32% of the moderately poor) are directly affected by land degradation globally.

Image source: Metropolitan Museum of Art

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