Soil degradation from climate change will have its biggest impact on food security, according to an official with a nonprofit environmental group.

Regions which host one-third of the world population, 45% of total agriculture land and 50% of livestock are at risk of desertification. Land and soil degradation in these regions affect the lives of 1.5 billion people, Hikmet Ozturk, deputy general manager of the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats (TEMA), told Anadolu Agency.

Speaking on the occasion of the World Soil Day, celebrated annually on Dec. 5, Ozturk stressed

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