Combatting Desertification and Drought

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Drought and desertification are twin global environmental problems. Nigeria is faced with rapid desert encroachment affecting fifteen northern most states from moderate to severe rate. Climatic variability and anthropogenic activities such as deforestation, extensive cultivation, overgrazing, cultivation of marginal land, bush burning, fuel wood extraction, faulty irrigation system and urbanization are major causes of desertification. Drought and desertification impact directly or indirectly on all aspects of human life and the environment including the ecological, health, geo-chemical, hydrological and socio-economic facets. Despite several efforts by the government to end desertification, the problem still persist due to the gap between the formation of policy and strategies of combating drought and desertification. Drought and desertification can be remedied through integrated approaches such as awareness programmes, protection of marginal lands, tree planting, sustainable agricultural practices

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Abu, A. (2019). Combatting Desertification and Drought. Afribary. Retrieved from

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Abu, Aisha "Combatting Desertification and Drought" Afribary. Afribary, 28 Oct. 2019, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.


Abu, Aisha . "Combatting Desertification and Drought". Afribary, Afribary, 28 Oct. 2019. Web. 27 Jul. 2021. < >.


Abu, Aisha . "Combatting Desertification and Drought" Afribary (2019). Accessed July 27, 2021.