Global Soil Partnership

South America Soil Partnership

On 16-20 April 2012, on the occasion of the XIX Latin America Soil Congress, an inception workshop on soil information in Mar del Plata, Argentina was organized for establishing the initial Latin American Soil Partnership.

21 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. 

INTA, CIAT, EMBRAPA were the host of this meeting and they are leading the implementation of some regional soil activities. The Mar del Plata Communiqué was prepared by the participants in which they fully support the Global Soil Partnership and expressed that there is need of strengthening the soil institutions through capacity development and investing in sustainable soil management practices. 

FAO through the Global Soil Partnership is funding the implementation of the “Sistema de Información de Suelos de Latinoamerica Phase I and II (SISLAC)” as a regional activity boosting the formal establishment and implementation of the Latin America Soil Partnership.

Latest Developments

As part of the current activities of the Global Soil Partnership in Latin America for the establishment of SISLAC (Sistema de Información de Suelos de Latinoamerica), two capacity development events were held during July and September 2012. One week training on Soil Legacy Databases was held in Cali, Colombia during 9-13 July 2012 under the leadership of CIAT.

A second week training was implemented in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by EMBRAPA on Digital Soil Mapping during 24-28 September 2012.

Participants from 20 countries participate in this project that is funded by FAO under the Global Soil Partnership framework.  

Consolidation of the Regional Soil Partnership - March 15