The fight against desertification is political, economic, social and technological. One effective way of reducing pressure on land is to support income diversification in rural areas. Pastoralists, for instance, whose growing herds can devastate vegetation, should be supported in seeking other sources of food and income, such as crop cultivation and agroforestry.

Senegal: dead trees cast little shade on the sere earth below
FAO photo by H. Chazine

More photos in this series:
  • Myanmar: farmers planting tree seedlings to avoid post-harvest soil erosion
  • Mauritania: women workers in a tree nursery
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