Ademola Braimoh, The Role of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Addressing Land Degradation, The Solutions Journal, Volume 6, Issue 5, December 2015, Pages 48-57 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/the-role-of-climate-smart-agriculture-in-addressing-land-degradation/) Abstract: Every year, we lose an area of land roughly the size of Honduras to desertification, and 24 billion tons of fertile soil to erosion. This threatens the livelihoods of 1.5 billion people, and is likely to displace 135 million by 2045.1 We already have the first mass migrations in the Middle East, where the refugee crisis has been linked to years of drought in Syria and Iraq. Egypt, Ghana, Central African Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Paraguay are all experiencing significant land degradation and soaring food prices as a result. As populations grow, the pressure on land resources will only increase. Unsuitable or especially biodiverse land such as rainforest will be claimed for farming, and will become more vulnerable to degradation as a result. The largest increase in food demand is expected in the poorest regions, where the most people live. Smallholder farmers suffer the most because poor soil conditions, climate and weather variability, land tenure insecurity, and … Topics: Agriculture & Food; Climate Change; Resilience; Sustainability