Land degradation is caused by multiple forces, including extreme weather conditions, particularly drought. It is also caused by human activities that pollute or degrade the quality of soils and land utility. It negatively affects food production, livelihoods, and the production and provision of other ecosystem goods and services.
A new study has revealed that women are more affected by land degradation. Women face increased burden of unpaid care and domestic work, food insecurity, a negative effect on their health, reduction of the available resources and labor, and limited access to financing following land degradation.