A Land Degradation Surveillance framework could solve this problem by systematically measuring and tracking indicators of land health in Africa.
Desertification is a problem of global proportions. If action isn't taken now, it will accelerate and fuel further migration and conflict.
There are some big misconceptions about the charcoal sector and its role in environmental damage
A new international report makes for bleak reading on the state of the world's soils. It predicts that land degradation will displace up to 700 million people worldwide by mid-century.
China has successfully implemented afforestation to counter desertification. But, today, it faces another risk: its waters are declining.
The world's 'drylands' – already home to 38% of the world's people – are set to dry out even more. And that could harm the soil microbes that keep soils healthy and help crops to grow.