Tweeting about sustainable soil management

FAO participated in the Twitter chat organized by Agrilinks on 21 January

Soils directly or indirectly affect every part of our lives from plant growth and healthy food production to various essential ecosystem services to water quality and availability. Soils host a quarter of our planet's biodiversity and help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle. We need them to produce energy, building materials, clothes and much more! 

However, soil degradation is a major threat facing many agricultural systems. Symptoms of soil degradation are numerous and include decline of soil fertility; deterioration of soil structure; accelerated erosion and loss of biodiversity. The promotion of sustainable soil and land management is central to ensuring a sustainable and food secure future for all.

This month’s #AskAg Twitter Chat, which took place on 21 January, explored the question of sustainable soil management. The chat featured experts Katrin Glatzel from Agriculture for Impact, Ronald Vargas Rojas from FAO and Upendra Singh from IFDC. The event also explored key findings from Agriculture for Impact’s recently released 2014 Montpellier Panel Report, “No Ordinary Matter: Conserving, Restoring and Enhancing Africa’s Soils.”

Guiding Questions:

  • What are the biggest hurdles in reaching farmers with ISFM and other sustainable soil management information?
  • What are key findings from your research for improving productivity and food security in relation to soil management?
  • What resources provide guidance for extension agents and/or development professionals to improve their soils for higher productivity?
  • What existing policies and programs that show promise for promoting sustainable soil management practices in Sub-Saharan Africa?

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