The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) is one with the United Nations in the celebration of the 2020 Desertification and Drought Day.
This year's observance focuses on changing public attitudes towards the leading driver of desertification and land degradation: humanity’s relentless production and consumption.
As populations become larger, wealthier, and more urban, the demand for land to provide food, animal feeds, and fiber for clothing grows larger. Meanwhile, the health and productivity of existing arable land is declining, worsened by climate change.
Desertification and Drought Day–until this year, known as The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought–is observed every year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. The day is a unique moment to remind everyone that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement, and co-operation at all levels.
In support to this effort, ATI engages residents in metropolitan areas to use the available space that they have at home to grow their own food. Through this, the Institute hopes to foster greater appreciation for soil and its importance in food production. At present, several urban agriculture projects have been established in partnership with local government units and other institutions which promote sustainable food production.
For more information, contact the Bureau of Soils and Water Management through the Soil Conservation and Management Division at (02) 923-0459 or through email at email@example.com