The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed worldwide on 17 June every year (UN: A/RES/49/115).
Tackling hunger requires a multi-faceted approach – from economic development, nutritional intake to managing natural disasters. Still, a focus on land is critical. More than 99.7% of our food calories comes from the land. With the competition for productive land growing even as the global population rises, land for food production will get scarcer. We need to recover degraded land to remain food secure.
Hunger is most prevalent in the developing country dryland areas where water retention is poor, and the land is highly vulnerable to natural and human destructions. The vast majority of the dryland people survive on local foods.