According to Project Drawdown, 424 million acres -- or close to half of the deserted farmland around the world -- could be restored or converted to carbon-friendly farming systems by the year 2050, dramatically reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, farmland restoration is ranked as the 23rd most powerful solution to climate change.
The stories in this collection (see below) feature a number of restoration strategies already underway. In both Niger and Ethiopia, "re-greening" techniques are turning previously unproductive land into productive, sustainable agricultural land. In Oaxaca, Mexico, indigenous farmers follow ancient customs to regenerate land, conserve resources, and promote community health. And in the aftermath of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, community farmers used the opportunity to reimagine their agricultural system and increase productivity.
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