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December 2012
Soils: a hidden resource
Video

Soils are a limited natural resource, but their role in food security is crucial. In light of climate change, soil degradation and erosion, farmers struggle to protect soil health. This video highlights the crucial role soils play in achieving food security, and provides examples of how local farmers in Bolivia and Kenya are adopting innovative methods to protect their soils.

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For related information, see the following theme pages: -Land Resources  
December 2012
Support World Soil Day and the International Year of Soils 2017
Animated video

Animated video produced by the Global Soil Partnership promoting the creation of a UN World Soil Day and the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Soils. The animation outlines the importance and benefits of soils and the hazards currently facing them.

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For related information, see the following theme pages: -Land Resources  
November 2012
Enhanced top soil carbon stocks under organic farming

It has been suggested that conversion to organic farming contributes to soil carbon sequestration, but until now a comprehensive quantitative assessment has been lacking. Therefore, datasets from 74 studies from pairwise comparisons of organic vs. nonorganic farming systems were subjected to metaanalysis to identify differences in soil organic carbon.

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For related information, see the following theme pages: -Climate Change  
November 2012
Women are main guardians of crucial livestock diversity
New study argues that to succeed, breed conservation efforts must empower women

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For related information, see the following theme pages: -Genetic Resources & Biodiversity  
October 2012
Global Soil Partnership web site

The Global Soil Partnership has launched its new web site. The Partnership is an important collaboration to develop capacities, build on best available science, and facilitate/contribute to the exchange of knowledge and technologies among stakeholders for sustainable management of soil resources at all levels.

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For related information, see the following theme pages: -Land Resources  

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