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Latest developments - The African Soil Partnership Consultation workshop in Ghana, May 2015

An African Soil Partnership consultation workshop was organised in Elmina, Ghana, from 20-22 May 2015 with the objective to identify regional priorities for sustainable soil management. Representatives from 35 countries in the region actively participated and planned the way forward of this partnership.

Participants also consolidated the African Soil Partnership (AFSP) by establishing a steering committee and working groups as per the Regional Soil Partnerships guidelines, and to review and finalise the AfSP Implementation Plan and discuss the way forward.

The Elmina Communiqué on the consolidation of the African Soil Partnership (AFSP), African Soil Partnership institutional mechanism (including steering committee and working groups),  African Soil Partnership Implementation Plan was developed by the participants.

West and Central Africa Soil Partnership

On 4-6 February 2013 in Accra, Ghana as part of the "FAO Priority action towards climate change adaptation in West Africa workshop" it was the occasion for establishing the West and Central Africa Soil Partnership.

22 national soil institutions participated and presented the status, needs and priorities for sustainable soil management in their countries. This was indeed a fruitful base for writing a draft priority actions document. 

The Accra Communiqué was prepared by the participants in which they fully support the Global Soil Partnership and expressed that there is need for strengthening the soil institutions through capacity development and investing in sustainable soil management practices.   Four main areas of action were listed as priority: updating and upgrading of soil information, addressing soil degradation, implementation of sustainable soil management with focus on soil health/fertility and capacity development in all the soil related applications.

It is expected that a plan of action will be jointly developed and that the different partners will advocate for the promotion of sustainable soil management in the region.

East and South Africa Soil Partnership

On 25-27 March 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya, FAO in cooperation with CIAT organized the launch workshop of the Global Soil Partnership in the region.

21 national soil institutions and an interesting number of regional soil institutions and initiatives participated and presented the status, needs and priorities for sustainable soil management in their countries. This constitutes a fruitful base for preparing a draft priority actions document. 

The Nairobi Communiqué was prepared by the participants in which they report about the establishment of the Global Soil Partnership in the region and expressed the urgent need to promote the sustainable management of soils if to achieve food security, climate change adaptation and poverty reduction in the region. Five main priority actions were identified as priority: a) developing, updating and disseminating harmonized national and regional soil information, b) developing and implementing training and capacity development programs, c) guiding and enabling the implementation of sustainable soil management practices and restoration of soil health, d) addressing soil degradation and e) establishing linkages and networks with other initiatives that impact soil health.

It was agreed that a report will be jointly produced as a base for developing a plan of action aiming at the promotion of sustainable soil management in the region.

African Soil Partnership Consultation workshop | Ghana, May 2015