The Global Soil Partnership: An African Perspective on Land Management

Saturday, 15 February 2014
Toronto (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Ronald Vargas , Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy
Soil is a finite natural resource, which on a human time-scale is non-renewable. Soils are often perceived as low priority, with no international governance body existing to support a coordinated global action on their management. A unified and authoritative voice for soil management is needed to better coordinate efforts and pool limited resources. For these reasons, the FAO and a group of partners have launched the Global Soil Partnership to improve global governance of the world’s soil resources. The Partnership aims to guarantee healthy, productive soils for a food secure world and work together to sustain other essential ecosystem services on which our livelihoods and societies depend.