Why soil matters ?
It is difficult to rate the importance of the different soil functions, since all are vital to our well-being, to some extent. However, the function of supporting food production and agriculture worldwide is fundamental for the preservation and advancement of human life on this planet.
Since the early 1950's, FAO has been committed to provide technical assistance to member countries in various soil applications. Hundreds of soil survey field projects have been carried out over the years and a considerable number of soil survey reports have been prepared and published as grey literature. Today, these legacy reports are digitally available here.