It is not a dooms' day scenario. A UN-sponsored report released by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative on Tuesday raised concerns about the possible consequences of land degradation.

Globally 10 – 20% of drylands and 24% of the world’s farmland is degraded. The consequences are the loss of farmland and water resources to the desert and, thereafter, poverty, starvation, and often war and mass emigration.

ELD research estimates that land degradation has a price tag of € 5.7 to...

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