Always and everywhere, whenever man fails to subdue the earth, the earth will subdue man. Oops! I said it again. According to UNESCO, about one third of the worldâ€™s land surface is threatened by desertification. And this already affects the livelihood of millions of people who depend on the benefits of ecosystems that drylands provide. Desertification is a type of land degradation in which the land becomes increasingly arid, typically losing its bodies of water, vegetation and wildlife. It is caused by a variety of factors, such as climate change and the overexploitation of soil through human activity. So desertification can be caused or exacerbated by overgrazing, deforestation, climate change, and even poor farming methods. This means that in most cases we can do something about the encroaching desert. If we don't, we get overrun by poverty and therefore hunger and sometimes even conflict that arise from frustration or from herdsmen looking for greener pastures without proper consideration of property rights. The government must take decisive action to lead the effort in remedies. Policy changes that can be well understood and followed must be made. To succeed, these policies must be aimed at speeding economic growth, and such growth strategies must be inclusive and aimed to be sustainable. People will embrace and engage it when they see their self interest in it. This is where broad based education is needed. By educating the people on sustainable practices, more land will be saved from becoming desert. Unfortunately, in many cases, it appears the desert just keeps on coming. In such cases, it is difficult to prevent desertification from happening, without well researched techniques. In such cases, there is need to acquire or create the technology needed for success. Meanwhile, what are affected people to do. Realize desertification is a silent and gradual encroaching killer. Desertification does not just appear one morning. It comes insidiously, but invidiously. Ok, just a couple small big words. This means it comes gradually but harmfully. That's it folks. Desertification gradually reduces the earnings and incomes of the people. It gradually impoverishes people. This must be recognized quickly so that rehabilitation assistance and switching mechanisms can be provided. We must stop desertification before it stops our progress. I am Magnus Kpakol and that's my view.
Posted: Apr 27th, 2017 @ 07:23:09 AM