Partenariat mondial sur les sols

WSD 2022 | Register now for the official celebration | 5 Dec. 22 @ 12.30

World Soil Day celebration - Soils: Where food beings

5 December 2022 (12:20 - 13:45 CET) | Virtual format (Zoom)

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Simultaneous interpretation will be available in العربية | 中文 | English | Français  | Русский  | Español 


Soils are essential for life on Earth but are threatened by multiple forms of degradation. Nutrient imbalance has been identified as one of the top ten threats to soil health worldwide, with negative environmental, social and economic effects. Humans, like plants and animals, need sufficient food to survive and 95% of the food we eat comes directly or indirectly from our soils. Hence food has to be safe and nutritious, so as to provide energy and basic nutrients and to prevent disease and the intake of harmful toxic substances.

The loss of soil fertility means that many cereals, vegetables and fruits are not as rich in vitamins and nutrients as they were 70 years ago. Currently, 2/3 of the world’s population is at risk of nutrient deficiency. When crops are harvested, nutrients are removed from the soil. These nutrients can be replaced by the addition of inorganic or organic fertilizers, but an underuse, misuse, or overuse of fertilizers increases greenhouse gas emissions, degrades soil and water resources and induces potential harm to animals and humans.

The World Soil Day 2022 (WSD) and its campaign aim to raise awareness on the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the key challenges related to soil fertility, soil health and nutrient imbalance. WSD is a unique platform that celebrates soils and engages citizens around the world to improve soil health.

During this celebration, the report on the Global Status of Black Soils and the Soil Atlas of Asia (a collaborative effort between FAO’s GSP, the Joint Research Center and the Rural Development Administration of the Republic of Korea) will be presented. Artistic performances and keynotes will enliven the celebration and the winners of the Glinka World Soil Prize and King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award will also be announced.