No more time for talking, but time for action

Photo credit: WVC 2007-07 (TC-Dialogue project)

Farmers in Oualidia (Morocco) discussing the results of testing the soil conditioner TerraCottem on vegetable production

From “Looking back to the future” to “People for Action”

By Prof. Dr. Willem Van Cotthem

Back in January 2007 I had the honour of “Looking back to the future” of combating desertification.  It is an interesting experience to read my publication on that subject and to try coming up with conclusions about the situation 8 years later.

Try to find out what has changed to the positive (or not !) in the following fields:

* Successful traditional methods to combat land degradation (soil improvement, water harvesting, plant and animal production etc.)
* Successful modern technologies to combat desertification
* Successful combinations of traditional and modern methods
* Successful projects (soils, water, plants, animals, socio-economy, gender, poverty, biodiversity, etc.), especially those of the NGOs.

Are we still talking ?


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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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