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Turning words into action: improving soil and ecosystem health and productivity in the Kagera basin

The Kagera Transboundary Agro-ecosystem Management Programme (Kagera TAMP) is a FAO /GEF regional project with four East African countries that share the Kagera river basin: Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
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Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production

It is estimated that 95% of our food is directly or indirectly produced on our soils.
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Fertilizer Use to Surpass 200 Million Tonnes in 2018

FAO report projects 1.8 percent annual growth as capacity expands faster
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Soil is a non-renewable resource

Soils are under increasing pressure of intensification and competing uses for cropping, forestry, pasture and urbanization.
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New fact sheet on soil, food security and nutrition
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New fact sheet on soil preservation
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IYS in the media

 


  • "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
Soils are under increasing pressure of intensification and competing uses for cropping, forestry, pasture and urbanization.
09/02/2015
Farmers and policymakers will be able to access soil data and information through a national soil information system
30/01/2015
FAO participated in the Twitter chat organized by Agrilinks on 21 January
22/01/2015
Graziano da Silva: Competition for resources and energy necessitates a "paradigm shift" – Biofuels should be part of the mix
16/01/2015