New programme against desertification for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific

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Roger LeMoyne / Niger / UNEP

A new programme against desertification in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific will help end hunger and adapt to climate change, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

FAO and the European Union launched the €41 million, 4.5-year programme called Action against Desertification on Wednesday.

They announced that it will support sustainable land management in collaboration with the 79 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

FAO reports that more than 70 per cent of people living in fragile ecosystems across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific derive their livelihoods from natural resources.

Unsustainable practices are said to have caused soil loss, degraded natural habitats, and reduced natural buffers to droughts and floods.

Action Against Desertification will reportedly help local communities adopt improved sustainable land and forest management practices to restore drylands and degraded lands.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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