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)
Visual Soil Assessment (VSA) Field Guides (2008)
Harmonized World Soil Database (2009)
World Reference Base for Soil resources (2006)
Guidelines for Soil Description (2005)
Major soils of the World (2002)
Regional Soil and Terrain Databases (1995-2008)
The FAO-UNESCO Soil Map of the World (1974-1980)
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.
The importance of soil organic matter - key to drought-resistant soil and sustained food production, 2005
Optimizing soil moisture for plant production - the significance of soil porosity, 2003
English | Spanish
Conservation agriculture - case studies in Latin America and Africa, 2001
English | Spanish
Soil management and conservation for small farms: strategies and methods of introduction, technologies and equipment, 2000
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.
World reference base for soil resources 2014. International soil classification system for naming soils and creating legends for soil maps
Africa and the Carbon Cycle - Proceedings of the Open Science Conference on “Africa and Carbon Cycle: the CarboAfrica project”
Advances in the assessment and monitoring of salinization and status of biosaline agriculture, 2009
World reference base for soil resources 2006, First update 2007