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Q&A at Global Soil Week 2015

Global Soil Week (GSW) is taking place in Berlin from 19-23 April. Find out what some of the experts and participants had to say about soils!
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Healthy soils are the foundation of food production

Global Soil Week opens with emphasis on soils for development
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A healthy soil is a living soil

Our soils support our planet's biodiversity and they host a quarter of the total
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Soil: a sacred resource at the foundation of traditional agricultural heritage systems

Interview with Mr. Moujahed Achouri, Director of FAO's Land and Water division (part 1)
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New fact sheet on soils and biodiversity
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FAO Soils Portal
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The soil stories blog aims to communicate the profound importance of soils for human life.

 


  • "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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