Land Degradation & Neglect

Some West African countries have unconsciously neglected their northern areas that are predominantly semi-arid and poorer than the general indigenous populations. The lack of access to water for drinking and irrigation is a common concern. According to a World Commission on Environment and Development statistics, more than one-third of Africa is at present under the threat of desertification.  These changes coupled with periodic droughts, livestock over-grazing are but a part of the problem.  It is the mismanagement of the land itself that is causing desertification online source:

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