Africa is increasingly drier: Economic research estimates reduction in income due to desertification

According to a new economic research, results show that between 1995 and 2005, soil aridification led to a global loss of approximately 1.7 million tons of corn, 81,000 tons of rice, 786,000 tons of soybeans and 430,000 tons of wheat, a contraction mainly concentrated in Africa and Asia.

The research said that if immediate action is not taken to counter the effect of the advance of aridity on agricultural productivity and, therefore, on the availability of food, the African continent could lose, in less than a century, more than a third of its product, something which, together with the population increase, would cause a clear reduction in individual welfare.

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