Land use change is a key driver of biodiversity loss and climate change, but this study found a connection between land degradation and migration.
"Poor resource management and reduced rainfall have exacerbated land degradation. A rapidly growing population, coupled with high rates of internal rural migration and thirty years of desiccation, have resulted in profound land use and land cover change throughout the country."
The study, published in January 2020, found that long-term investments in soil and water conservation reduced out-migration across Burkina Faso's provinces. The authors said:
"Our hope is that by shedding light on the association between migration patterns, land rehabilitation and improved food security, our study will inform policy decisions. In particular, we hope it will encourage donors and government to invest in local initiatives that can courage positive trends. This could include soil and water conservation initiatives led by farmers."
How else does agriculture and land use impact the environment and communities, and what can be done to make this impact be positive?
Read more on the study here: bit.ly/2WfGQcG