• Deserts expand naturally but desertification is a different process where land in arid, semi-dry areas becomes degraded, soil loses its productivity and vegetation thins because of human activities and/or prolonged droughts/floods.
  • Desertification causes widespread poverty.
  • Globally, the rate of desertification is speeding up,  Africa is the worst affected continent; with two-thirds of its land either desert or drylands.


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