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Key soil publications

FAO is the lead United Nation’s agency concerned with soils. It hosts the Secretariat of the Global Soil Partnership and has in its long history produced guidelines and manuals on all aspects of soils.  FAO assists member countries in soil matters in the field from HQ and Regional FAO offices with advice and project implementation.

Challenges and Opportunities for Carbon Sequestration in Grassland Systems (2010)

English

Visual Soil Assessment (VSA) Field Guides (2008)

English

Harmonized World Soil Database (2009)

English

World Reference Base for Soil resources (2006)

Arabic  |  English   |  German |   Polish  |  Russian    |  Turkish    |  Sloven   |  Spanish 

Guidelines for Soil Description (2005)

English   |   Spanish   |  Russian   |   Turkish 

Major soils of the World (2002)

English

Regional Soil and Terrain Databases (1995-2008)

English

The FAO-UNESCO Soil Map of the World (1974-1980)

English

Soils Bulletins

FAO Soils Bulletins are an historical FAO serie which started in 1965. There are 80 issues and many of those are available in FAO official languages. We are currently in the process of scanning this bulletins therefore some links are not active. However, the full collection will be soon available.

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The importance of soil organic matter - key to drought-resistant soil and sustained food production, 2005

English

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Optimizing soil moisture for plant production - the significance of soil porosity, 2003

English  |  Spanish

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Conservation agriculture - case studies in Latin America and Africa, 2001

English  |  Spanish

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Soil management and conservation for small farms: strategies and methods of introduction, technologies and equipment, 2000

English  |  Spanish

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World Soil Resources Reports

World Soil Resources Reports are an historical FAO serie which started in 1961. There are 104 issues and many of those are available in FAO official languages. We are currently in the process of scanning this reports therefore some links are not active. However, the full collection will be soon available.

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Advances in the assessment and monitoring of salinization and status of biosaline agriculture, 2009

English

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World reference base for soil resources 2006, First update 2007

English  |  See here for updates and Translation in other 12 languages

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