FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Budapest conference to take soils seriously

All food originates in the soil, directly or indirectly. Yet soils are a limited natural resource, subject to degradation and loss. The International Year of Soils 2015 is dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to problems that threaten soils, and Hungary is among the first to convene a conference to discuss the issues.

On 9 March, the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture will convene and host “Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life,” a conference on soil protection, at the Ministry’s premises in Budapest. The event will be opened by Minister for Agriculture Sandor Fazekas together with FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia Vladimir Rakhmanin.

Healthy soils are critical for food production, and provide many environmental services, too:  supporting biodiversity, storing and filtering water, and playing a key role in the carbon cycle. Government leaders, academics, experts and representatives of agro-business are expected to discuss these and other issues, including the legal environment, food security and nutrition, and water management.

The International Year of Soils

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. The year was officially launched on World Soil Day, 5 December 2014. Conferences, workshops and other events are being organized in all regions of the world.

20 February 2015, Budapest, Hungary