A spectre is haunting the world. The lives of nearly a billion people are at risk. Countries are consuming too much water. The land is being overburdened by too many people and too many harvests. Worldwide, farmlands totaling the size of the United States could turn into dust bowls. Desertification is on the march.
This series documents the struggle against land degradation and water shortage. Human and livestock populations are increasing fastest in the regions of the world least able to meet the demand for more water and more fertile land. Villages on the Frontline takes a global look at desertification.