Inefficient water collection and usage combined with increasingly lower aquifers causes water shortages which affect the ecology, economy, food and health. Soil depreciation due to chemical fertilisers, intensive and mono-crop farming results in lower quality and quantity of food, affecting food and health security. Deforestation results in lower rainfall, soil erosion, vastly negative ecological impact and the potential for desertification affects health, food, ecology and economy.
“THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF SOIL DEGRADATION INSUB-SAHARAN AFRICA IS EXPANSION ANDINTENSIFICATION OF AGRICULTURE IN EFFORTS TOFEED ITS GROWING POPULATION. EFFECTIVESOLUTIONS WILL SUPPORT RESILIENT SYSTEMS, &MUST CUT ACROSS AGRICULTURAL,ENVIRONMENTAL, AND SOCIOECONOMICOBJECTIVES.”
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY EARTH INST.
This invasive weed is a huge problem in waterways and to aquatic ecologies, but it can be rendered into soil improving products and fuel replacements.