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The Second Award of the Glinka World Soil Prize


The 2nd Glinka World Soil Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Soil Science was awarded to Argentine No Till Farmers Association

The 2nd Glinka World Soil Prize award contributes in a timely manner to raise awareness amongst proactive policy makers and the general public about possible solutions to tackle acute national and local problems of soil degradation. It is meant to encourage all stakeholders and soil practitioners to engage in field-oriented work, with direct contributions to the preservation of the environment, food security and poverty alleviation. The 2017 Laureate is the NGO Argentine No Till Farmers Association (Aapresid) “sustenabilidad sin frontiera” from Argentina, which made a clear contribution in the dissemination of sustainable soil practices in the region and beyond.

Aapresid as the institute is known, was created 30 years ago to fight against the high rates of erosion caused by conventional tilling practices. As a consequence, yields in Argentina were decreasing and severe consequences on soil organic carbon stocks and water availability were envisaged for the next future. Initially, small farmers and technicians started using soil machineries - with the help of local industries - that perform seeding without disturbing the soil, and adopting practices from Conservation Agriculture. Nowadays, the group enormously increased in size: agricultural farmers and agronomists from every part of Argentina joined Aapresid, which rapidly became an open network of innovative agricultural farmers exceptionally receptive to science and to technological advances. This network comprises nowadays around 2500 farmers from Argentina and Brazil, over 200 institutions, 100 companies and 150 media partners working along with governments at all levels on good agricultural practices. 

El Premio Glinka de FAO nos posiciona frente al mundo como referentes en conservación de suelos. De alguna manera este diploma en sustentabilidad nos ayudará a situarnos como agentes de protección de los recursos naturales, brindando más oportunidades de interacción, diálogo y trabajo en conjunto” said Santiago Nocelli Pac, President of Aapresid, and added: “No nos premian por producir, sino por producir y conservar.

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