How African Farmers Saved Their Dying Land [Video]

This group of African farmers figured out how to save their land.

This group of African farmers did an amazing thing: they helped adapt their farming operation to ensure it could survive a drier climate.

“In the steep fields of Ethiopia’s highlands, when rain falls on the parched, overworked land it runs downhill, carrying soil with it. Farmers commonly lose 130 tons of soil per hectare a year, comparable to the worst erosion documented on U.S. farms in recent history. Then, because the water has all rushed downhill, instead of seeping underground, wells go dry. Without water, crops wither, and that exposes bare soil to further erosion,” Grist reports.

Watch the video about how they did it below.

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