Africa's degraded land can be restored by giving farmers rights

    by Sarah Weber & Kathleen Buckingham, World Resources Institute
    Friday, 8 April 2016 19:20 BST

Ethiopian farmers Mandefro Tesfaye (L) and Tayto Mesfin collect wheat in their field in Abay, north of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, October 21, 2009. REUTERS/Barry Malone

Roughly 65 percent of Africa's land is degraded, resulting in a three percent loss of agricultural GDP each year.

To fix this problem, governments need only to look to rural farmers, say Sarah Weber & Kathleen Buckingham from the World Resources Institute.

The authors consider schemes in Ethiopia, Niger, and Tanzania which empowered farmers to restore lands. It's an opportunity to bring an area nearly the size of Australia back to life.

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