14 Sep '11, 5am

Famine in Africa: Can Reforestation Improve Food Security?

Famine in Africa: Can Reforestation Improve Food Security?

Famine in Africa: Can Reforestation Improve Food Security? By Karimeh Moukaddem , mongabay.com September 14, 2011 Deforestation worsens famine in Africa, but drylands restoration could help. Millions of people across the Horn of Africa are suffering under a crippling regional drought and tens of thousands have died during the accompanying famine. Refuge camps in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia are swelling with the hungry. The best hope in the short-term is food aid and logistical support, but in the longer term, dryland reforestation efforts may help improve food security, argues a new report from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), which links human-caused land degradation, including deforestation, to intensified drought. "There is a mistaken view that because these are dry areas, they are destined to provide little in the way of food and ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0914-moukaddem_famine.html

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