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WEBINAR: Launch of the Global Soil Doctors Programme

FAO's Global Soil Partnership is pleased to invite you to its webinar on the"Launch of the Global Soil Doctors Programme" on Monday, 5 October 2020 from 14:00 to 15:15 CEST.

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14/09/2020

The webinar will  officially launch the programme as a direct contribution to sustainable soil management at the farm level. This event will mark the start of the implementation of the Global Soil Doctors programme, as, following the launch, Soil Doctors kits will be distributed for field implementation in the different regions of the world. 

BACKGROUND

The Global Soil Doctors programme is a farmer-to-farmer training initiative that aims to support farmers in enhancing their capacities and knowledge on sustainable soil management.  This programme works very well in contexts where Extension Services are absent, weak or simply where the aim is to empower farmers within a community by training a lead farmer (Soil Doctor) in the diffusion of methods and tools to detect soil degradation problems and to provide solutions on the ground. The Soil Doctors programme includes a set of tools composed of educational materials and a soil testing kit for assessing soil condition as well as a set of good practices under the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management.

More information on the Global Soil Doctors programme can be found on the Global Soil Partnership’s (GSP) website.

AGENDA

14:00 - 14:15 | WELCOMING AND OPENING REMARKS

  • Ms Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director General, Climate and Natural Resources (tbc)
  • H.E. Thanawat Tiensin, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Thailand to FAO and Chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 
  • Mr Andrey Gurev, CEO, PhosAgro 

14:15 - 14:25 | Status of agricultural extension and advisory services and their role in sustainable soil management, Mr Selvaraju Ramasamy, Head Research and Extension Unit, FAO

14:25 - 14:35 | The legacy of Soil Doctors from Thailand 

14:35 - 14:45 | Presentation and launch of the Global Soil Doctors programme, Ms Zineb Bazza, GSP Secretariat 

14:45 - 15:10 | Question and Answer (Q&A) session 

15:10 - 15:15 | Closing remarks, Mr Eduardo Mansur, Director of FAO's Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment

Moderator: Mr Ronald Vargas, Secretary of the Global Soil Partnership