On 1-5 April 2012 an inception workshop on soil information in Amman, Jordan was the occasion for establishing the initial Near East-North Africa Soil Partnership. 12 national soil institutions participated and presented their status in terms of soil information and soil activities as well as the needs and priorities that the regional partnership should focus on.
The Ministry of Agriculture of Jordan was the host of this meeting and is leading the implementation of some regional activities. The Amman 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.
FAO through the GSP is supporting the implementation of a regional soil information activity that will boost the formal establishment and implementation of the MENA Soil Partnership.