In 2008, food insecurity triggered riots in over 30 countries. But it is rural communities like those of Bangalala, who depend on rainfed agriculture that contribute to global food security. The livelihoods of over 2 billion people worldwide depend on 500 million small-scale farmers. Drylands, which make up nearly 34% of the land mass and are a major source of food security especially for the poor, are being degraded day-by-day.
How shall we meet the growing food demand and increase food production by 70% by 2050, when productive land is declining and we do not act on desertification and its related climate challenges?