“The study area and Sahel region as a whole should be delineated as an emergency disaster zone, with intervention projects assigned strong priority in government budgeting cycles. This is because the area is one of the nation’s food baskets. Growing insurgency and armed conflicts in this area, migration and abandonment of settlements, and the crippling of one of the nation’s food baskets are significant consequences that accompany an increase in sand dune development. Combating desertification should therefore be assigned top priority in national planning. A review of current land hold and conversion trends, as well as the enactment of local and regional legislation and policies for addressing indiscriminate land use change, also need to be prioritised.”