Need to reverse land degradation underlined at a global meeting

Gibson Desert, W.A., Australia

Over the next 25 years, land degradation could reduce global food production by as much as 12 percent while the population continues to grow.

This warning comes from the UN Conference on combating desertification known as COP 10 which concluded in Changwon, South Korea on Friday.

UN Radio's Jérôme Longué, reports that the outcomes of the conference are to address the problem of land degradation and the challenge of producing food for the world's population.

These outcomes have a direct impact on the situation of the affected populations and affected ecosystems.

More than 12 million hectares of productive land are lost every year due to desertification.

While productive land becomes scarcer, providing food for the 9 billion people predicted to live on Earth in 2050 will require a 70 per cent increase in global food production.

Moreover, NGOs attending COP 10 urged the parties to take into account gender integration to effectively combat desertification and sent a strong warning regarding land grabbing.

In Changwon, Jérôme Longué, United Nations Radio.

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