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The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation, and Drought
Toward an Integrated Global Assessment


Ephraim Nkonya


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Nicolas Gerber


University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Philipp Baumgartner


University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Joachim Von Braun


Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Alex De Pinto


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Valerie Graw


University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Edward Kato


IFPRI - Washington DC

Julia Kloos


University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Teresa Walter


University of Hohenheim - Faculty of Agricultural Sciences

May 2011

ZEF‐ Discussion Papers on Development Policy No. 150

Abstract:     
Land degradation has not been comprehensively addressed at the global level or in developing countries. A suitable economic framework that could guide investments and institutional action is lacking. This study aims to overcome this deficiency and to provide a framework for a global assessment based on a consideration of the costs of action versus inaction regarding desertification, land degradation, and drought (DLDD). Most of the studies on the costs of land degradation (mainly limited to soil erosion) give cost estimates of less than 1 percent up to about 10 percent of the agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) for various countries worldwide. But the indirect costs of DLDD on the economy (national income), as well as their socioeconomic consequences (particularly poverty impacts), must be accounted for, too. Despite the numerous challenges, a global assessment of the costs of action and inaction against DLDD is possible, urgent, and necessary. This study provides a framework for such a global assessment and provides insights from some related country studies.

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Date posted: July 22, 2011  

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Nkonya, Ephraim and Gerber, Nicolas and Baumgartner, Philipp and von Braun, Joachim and De Pinto, Alex and Graw, Valerie and Kato, Edward and Kloos, Julia and Walter, Teresa, The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation, and Drought Toward an Integrated Global Assessment (May 2011). ZEF‐ Discussion Papers on Development Policy No. 150. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1890668 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1890668

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Ephraim Nkonya
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )
2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Nicolas Gerber (Contact Author)
University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF) ( email )
Walter-Flex-Strasse 3
Bonn, D-53113
Germany
Philipp Baumgartner
University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF) ( email )
Walter-Flex-Str. 3
Bonn, NRW 53113
Germany
0228731876 (Phone)
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Joachim Von Braun
Center for Development Research (ZEF) ( email )
Walter-Flex-Str. 3
Bonn, 53113
Germany
Alex De Pinto
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Valerie Graw
University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF) ( email )
Walter-Flex_Str. 3
Bonn, 53113
Germany
Edward Kato
IFPRI - Washington DC ( email )
2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Julia Kloos
University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF) ( email )
Walter-Flex-Str. 3
Bonn, NRW 53113
Germany
Teresa Walter
University of Hohenheim - Faculty of Agricultural Sciences ( email )
Germany
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