One third of the world's population live in drylands, facing huge stresses such as repetitive droughts and poor soil fertility. Climate change will further worsen the situation. There is an urgent need to provide adapted and climate smart solutions to millions of smallholder farmers to improve their food security and resilience to such dryland stresses.
>12 million ha - The arable land degraded by desertification every year. If this trend continues, the equivalent of US arable land will disappear in less than 15 years.
1/3 - Extent of the world population that lives in the drylands, regions which are the worst affected by land degradation
5% -Decrease in plant growing period in the tropics due to global warming by 2050 (CCAFS).