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Farmers on the marginal lands of Turkey have to take into consideration the fragile environment (© TEMA)

Understanding desertification in Turkey

By Duygu Kutluay

Introduction of cash crops and animal species is a strong tool to improve economic conditions in any locality.

However, income generation for local people via agricultural activities in marginal lands is critical under fragile environmental conditions due to the excess input requirement and the costs associated with establishing new crops.

In a sloping land, agricultural practices can easily induce erosion, which will decrease soil quality, irrigation in arid lands may cause secondary salinity build-up and overgrazing in pasture land may accelerate loss of biodiversity.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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