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Agroecology to reverse soil degradation and achieve food security

Agroecology, which restores ecosystem functioning by maintaining soil health, is an effective strategy to achieve food security in the areas of the world where it is most needed.
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From soils to forks: Quinoa event kicks off series of FAO-Eataly collaborations

On the evening of 22 July 2015, on the top floor of Eataly’s marketplace in Rome, representatives from Eataly, the Permanent Representation of Peru, and FAO collectively illustrated the importance of healthy soils to quinoa production.
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New initiative looks to bring soils into classrooms around the globe

FAO partnership launches series of educational materials on the critical role of healthy soils
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National lottery and postal service of Costa Rica pay tribute to the International Year of Soils

In commemoration of the International Year of Soils 2015 (IYS), the Costa Rican Social Protection Board (la Junta de Protección Social) and postal service (Correos de Costa Rica) have collaborated to issue a national lottery dedicated to the Year.
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Soils: Our ally against climate change
Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle


  • "We must manage soils sustainably. There are many ways to do this. Crop diversification which is used by most of the world’s family farmers is one of them: this gives time for important nutrients to regenerate." José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General
  • "The multiple roles of soils often go unnoticed. Soils don’t have a voice, and few people speak out for them. They are our silent ally in food production." José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General
  • "We now have adequate platforms to raise awareness on the importance of healthy soils and to advocate for sustainable soil management. Let us use them." José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General
  • "We need healthy soils to achieve our food security and nutrition goals, to fight climate change and to ensure overall sustainable development. You can count on FAO’s commitment and active participation in this effort." José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General
  • "We speak a lot of the importance of sustainable food systems for healthy lives. Well, it starts with soils." José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General
  • "Soils also host at least one quarter of the world’s biodiversity. They are key in the carbon cycle. They help us to mitigate and adapt to climate change. They play a role in water management and in improving resilience to floods and droughts." José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General
  • "Soils constitute the foundation of vegetation and agriculture. Forests need it to grow. We need it for food, feed, fiber, fuel and much more." José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General
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Event co-sponsored by the Permanent Representative of Peru will showcase the connection between soils and quinoa production.
#soils4life Instagram contest winners announced
Member countries, non-governmental organizations, academic scholars, civil society groups and international organizations met in FAO headquarters from 22- 24 June.