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21 April 2015, New York

2015 was declared by the UN General Assembly as the “International Year of Soils” with FAO nominated as the technical secretariat. The year is increasing the awareness and understanding of the key role soil plays for food security and ecosystem functions. With 90% of our food coming from soils, yet 30% of them being degraded, the issue of how to develop sustainable food systems is now more important than ever. The resiliency of indigenous peoples’ systems and their capacity to produce food while preserving the environment are getting more and more attention. Indigenous food systems could provide a strong indication of how to integrate in one holistic model different social, cultural, spiritual and economic aspects.

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