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Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly looks at sustainable soil management beyond 2015

Member countries, non-governmental organizations, academic scholars, civil society groups and international organizations met in FAO headquarters from 22- 24 June.
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Peak fragility: Conserving mountain soils an urgent matter

New book on the importance of management of mountain soils
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Soils are part of the solution when it comes to climate change mitigation

Healthy soils provide the largest store of terrestrial carbon
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New World Soil Charter endorsed by FAO members

Member countries during the 39th FAO Conference unanimously endorsed the new World Soil Charter
The Kagera Project
Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle
Family Farming Knowledge Platform


  • "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
Biodiversity expert Claire Chenu and soil fertility expert Tekalign Mamo officially appointed International Year of Soils special ambassadors
India’s Minister for Agriculture in talks with FAO Director-General
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Healthy soils are crucial for ensuring the continued growth of natural and managed vegetation, providing feed, fibre, fuel and medicinal products