Welcome to the FAO Soils portal

This website is designed as a source of soil information and knowledge on the different components and aspects of soils and the value and importance of this vital and finite resource for policy makers, development planners, soil science experts, agricultural extension workers, academic/institutions and other practitioners [...]

21-23 March 2017

Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon


WSD 2016

Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for life


Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management

Take part in the new survey 'Review of Participatory Land Use/Resource Planning Tools and Approaches'. The main goal is to identify needs of different groups of users and practitioners in land resource planning. The survey is also targeted to land users/farmers, farmers’ organizations, government organizations and practitioners from different levels, we appreciate your assistance to fill the survey and to forward it to representatives of these groups. 

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Do not miss any of the International Events on soils happening around the globe!

The ITPS is composed of 27 experts representing all the regions of the world and advocates for addressing sustainable soil management in the different sustainable development agendas. Meet our 27 top soil experts.

FAO has made an effort to make Soil Legacy data and information available for their users. 1228 soil and land legacy maps are available.

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.