Welcome to the FAO Soils portal

This portal 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 scientists, agricultural extension officers, students and other practitioners.

Healthy soils lay at the foundations of agricultural development, healthy and nutritious food production, and essential ecosystem services, which are crucial to our basic survival as well as our planet’s sustainable future. [...


World Soil Day

The FAO Conference unanimously endorsed it in June 2013

World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources.

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Global Symposium on Soils for Nutrition| 2022

Soils, where food begins

The Symposium brought science and policy together to review the status and challenges of soil fertility in relation with crop, animal and human nutrition. Humans, like plants, and animals, need sufficient food to survive.

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Latest publication

Technical guidelines on soils for nutrition

These technical guidelines outline the role that soil health plays in the nutritional quality of food and provide soil management recommendations to increase the supply of micronutrients to the food chain.

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Global Soil Partnership

Position soils in the Global Agenda and promote sustainable soil management.

The Partnership, hosted by FAO, works hard to improve soil governance to guarantee productive soils towards food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable development for all.


Upcoming Events

Sustainable soil management for nutrition-sensitive

Do not miss any of the international events on soils happening around the globe!

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Soil legacy maps

1228 soil and land legacy maps are available

FAO has made an effort to make Soil Legacy data and information available for their users.

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Collection of soil legacy reports

Technical assistance to member countries in soil matters.

Since the early 1950's hundreds of soil survey field projects have been carried out over the years...

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Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS)

Providing scientific and technical advice on global soil issues

The ITPS advise the GSP and FAO itself as well provide an authoritative technical voice on global soil issues.


International Year of Soils (IYS)

The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils

The IYS 2015 aimed to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.

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Find out more and contact our soil experts

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Secretariat is the coordination and facilitation body in charge of enabling the implementation of the GSP actions through its regional partnerships and networks.