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International Year of Soils: Asia regional soil partnership promoted

Representatives and scientists from 19 countries in Asia are examining best practices and common challenges they face in protecting and managing the region’s soils – the very foundation for food production relied on by billions of people.
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FAO appoints two scientists as special ambassadors for International Year of Soils

Biodiversity expert Claire Chenu and soil fertility expert Tekalign Mamo offer scientific expertise and policy experience
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Forests and forest soils: an essential contribution to agricultural production and global food security

Forests and forest soils play a broad, complex and interactive role within the environment
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Life underground: digging deeper to learn more about soils

Interview with Mr. Moujahed Achouri, Director of FAO's Land and Water division (part 2)
Soils and Biodiversity
New fact sheet on soils and biodiversity
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  • "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
Stay plugged in with what is happening in the world of soils
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Our soils support our planet's biodiversity and they host a quarter of the total