Global Soil Partnership



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The video is a call to action by The Netherlands, FAO and the Asian Development Bank on the need to scale sustainable saline agriculture in order to contribute to climate adaptation and mitigation through resilient water-soil practices.


This video raises awareness on the risks associated with soil nutrient imbalance and soil fertility loss while highlighting the role of soil fertility in producing sufficient, safe, and more nourishing food for healthier plants, animals, and people.



This year mark the tenth anniversary of the formal establishment of the FAO’s Global Soil Partnership (GSP): 2012-2022. Looking back at 2012, the GSP has fulfilled its mission to put soil on the global agenda and promoting sustainable soil management.
This short video illustrates the key achievements and highlights of the Global Soil Partnership over the course of 2021

Soil salinization and sodification are major soil degradation processes threatening ecosystem and are recognized as being among the most important problems at a global level for agricultural production, food security and sustainability in arid and semi-arid regions.

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The Glinka World Soil Prize encourages stakeholders and soil practitioners to engage in field-oriented work, with direct contributions to the preservation of our soils for food security and a healthy life. The 2021 Laureate is Dr Lydie-Stella Koutika, a well renowned soil scientist from the Republic of the Congo. For over 40 years, she has championed the crucial role of soils for food security and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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In recognition of the efforts made by individuals/institutions in organizing World Soil Day celebrations around the world, the Kingdom of Thailand has sponsored the King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award. The winner of this fourth edition is NISS, the Nigeria Institute of Soil Science for their outstanding festivities organized in the framework of WSD2020 “Keep soil alive, Protect soil biodiversity”.

The Fertilizers Code is an instrument that provides a locally adaptable framework and a voluntary set of practices to serve the different stakeholders directly or indirectly involved with fertilizers.

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This video presents the issue of soil salinization, its causes and consequences as well as some actions that farmers can take to rehabilitate their soils.

This video was presented during the International Forum on Black Soil Conservation and Utilization held in Jilin Province from 21 to 23 July 2021 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (MARA)...

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Soil organisms are essential for food security, climate change and the environment. An agenda for action on soil biodiversity is needed to protect, strengthen monitoring, and prevent further biodiversity loss.

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World Soil Day - Keep soil alive, Protect soil biodiversity, focuses on soil biodiversity as a key factor to achieve food security, mitigate climate change and improve human health.

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This animation gives a brief introduction on the main drivers, the key functions and challenges of soil biodiversity loss, indicating possible ways to enhance soil biodiversity as a nature-based solution.

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Soils are essential for food systems. Healthy soils allow us to grow a variety of food products needed for human nutrition and each of us depends on soil productivity.

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Soils do amazing things for us that we sometimes take for granted. Here are 5 reasons why we need to cherish the ground beneath our feet.

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Soil may not look like much but without it we wouldn't be able to produce our food! But soil erosion is threatening our food security. Every 5 seconds the equivalent of one soccer pitch is eroded! Once we lose this soil we won't see it again in our lifetime. If we don't act now, over 90% of the Earth's soils could become degraded by 2050.

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Soil erosion poses a major threat to global food security and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Find out more about the effects of soil erosion and the ways we can prevent it.

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Let's be the solution to stop soil pollution!

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Even through your small actions you can contribute to a big goal, to #StopSoilPollution​. Reduce, reuse and recycle can help you, your community by improving your health and the health of our soils.


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Soil is a complex growing habitat that remains productive only when it is cared for and nurtured. Combating and addressing soil pollution means assessing and minimizing the risks for food security, human health and the environment.


The Global Soil Organic Carbon map V1.0 is an important stepping stone to better know the current Soil Organic Carbon stock stored beneath our feet and soils’ potential for further sequestration.


An animated illustration of soil organic carbon and its importance for climate action, food production and sustainable development.


This short animation introduces the new book “Soils and Pulses: symbiosis for life”. Pulses contribute to soil health, food security and nutrition, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.


The Sustainable Development Goals were recently created with a view to achieve sustainable development by 2030. Of the 17 goals, four contain targets specifically related to Soils. This animation looks at some of the challenges we face in each of these goals and presents some of the methods we can use to tackle them.


Soils are by nature linked to the micronutrient content of our food production and they can help to reverse the increasing trend of nutrient depleted soil by adopting sustainable soil management practices.


A look at how our Soils help to combat climate change in their role of sequestering CO2, and how our collective habits can damage this benefit with potentially devastating consequences.

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Soil 101 is an animated introduction on soils prepared in the framework of the 2015 International Year of Soils. This 2 minutes video outlines the main soil functions and the threats currently facing them.

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The world’s soils are rapidly deteriorating due to soil erosion, nutrient depletion, loss of soil organic carbon, soil sealing and other threats, but this trend can be reversed provided countries take the lead in promoting sustainable management practices and the use of appropriate technologies, according to the 'Status of the World’s Soil Resources'report.


This animated film tells the reality of soil resources around the world, covering the issues of degradation, urbanization, land grabbing and overexploitation; the film offers options to make the way we manage our soils more sustainable.


Soils are a limited natural resource, but their role in food security is crucial. In light of climate change, soil degradation and erosion, farmers struggle to protect soil health.

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