With the expansion of agricultural production in lesser developed countries in recent years has come fuller appreciation of past damage, and recent surveys indicate that wind erosion is far more widespread than was commonly believed. In the developing world, where firewood is scarce, peasants burn crop residues for cooking fuel. About 60 percent of crop residues in China and 90 percent in Bangladesh are removed and burned. When planting season comes, dry soils simply blow away. Damage results both from the erosion and the consequent dust storms. Countries of South America, North Africa, the Near East, and Asia all report wind erosion in varying degrees.