World Day to Combat Desertification is celebrated worldwide yesterday with the focus on sustainable land management as a way to regenerate economies, create jobs and revitalise communities. 
 
To commemorate the 2018 World Day to Combat Desertification, the Ministry of Agriculture will be organizing field days on Monday, June 18 in the Northern, Western and Central Divisions.
 
In the Northern Division, the Field Day will be held in Qelewaqa settlement, Wailevu, Labasa while in the Central Division, it will be held at Waisea Vakaleveu’s farm in Volivoli settlement in Namena Tailevu. In the Western Division, the Field Day will be held at Naga Village in Nadarivatu.
 
With the slogan “Land has true value, Invest in it”, the event will involve producers, consumers and policy makers to make a difference by investing in the future of land.
 
WDCD was established by the UN General Assembly 23 years ago to raise awareness on the global and national actions that address desertification, land degradation and drought.
 
Sustainable land management is a wise investment for economic growth that does not compromise resilient livelihoods. It is the key in safeguarding and managing the quality of the land by balancing its biological and economic potential. 
 
Moreover, land can play a vital role in linking multiple Sustainable Development Goals by harnessing synergies while minimizing potential conflicts and trade-offs. 
 
Everyone can contribute to and benefit from investing in SLM – whether we act as consumers, producers, corporations, or governments. Changes in behaviour and adoption of more efficient planning and practices can guarantee that sufficient land resources are available long-term to meet our ambitions for and to provide sustainable livelihoods.
 
The choice is ours. Know the true value of land and invest in it.
 
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