"Yatani Ali, a pastoralist, crouches at the edge of the crater at Goraye in Oromiya region as cattle, goats and camels make their way down to the salty wells at the bottom." (Photograph copyright Andrew Heavens, 2006)
Luc Gnacadja, Executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, said, "If we cannot find a solution to this problem... in 2025, close to 70 percent could be affected."
That was in 2009. The problem is as real today as it was three years ago.
In honor of World Food Day, EarthAction is posting some of its best materials on desertification. We cannot achieve global security without food security, and we cannot achieve food security without combating desertification.
Primer on Citizen Advocacy and Desertification
Released earlier this year in conjunction with the The Global Citizens Initiative (TGCI) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Primer is a short, snappy, and useful guide designed to aid the efforts of citizen groups and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) interested in promoting policies and practices that help stop the spread of desertification.
So Much Depends on So Little
Watch this simple but powerful demonstration by Yukie Hori of the UNCCD about just how little we live off of, and just how necessary it is to protect it.
DESERTIFICATION - Protecting the Fertility of the Earth, July 1995
In 1995, EarthAction released an action alert on desertification to it's international partners. Sadly, after more than 15 years, much of that action alert remains relevant.
Quote from the Action Alert:
" * When poor farmers or herders can no longer produce enough food, their lives are in danger. Millions of dollars are diverted into emergency aid. Waves of environmental refugees are driven to the cities of developing and developed nations, undermining political and social stability.
* Wild species native to the drylands are being lost forever. Many of the world's staple grain crops were originally wild dry land species. When the natural dry land flora disappears, we lose the chance to discover new crops that can help to feed humanity.
* Even if we buy our food in supermarkets, we all live off the land and share in the bounty of the Earth. When the supply of fertile land is shrinking and the world population is growing by 90 million people every year, it is a problem for all of us."