Here's How to Reverse Africa's Land Degradation

From South Africa, where unprecedented floods in April 2022 washed away farmland, to the excessive logging of Kenya's mountain forests, Africa is fast losing healthy land, putting millions of people at risk of hunger and losing their homes and incomes. Factors such as climate change, over-grazing, excessive cultivation, deforestation and urbanisation have left up to 40% of the planet's land degraded - affecting half of humanity, a report by the UN anti-desertification agency has said.

Worse is yet to come, including for countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the UN report warns. However, it is not too late to curb land degradation and restore dry land to fertile forests, the report added, citing a plethora of initiatives from Burkina Faso to Malawi that are working, write Nita Bhalla and Kim Harrisberg for Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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