A4I is pleased to announce the launch of our upcoming Montpellier Panel Report ‘No Ordinary Matter: conserving, restoring & enhancing Africa’s soils’ ahead of World Soil Day.
Soils are primarily responsible for providing water and nutrients to crops and animals. When unable to provide these services to their full capacity, crops, animals and the farmers who depend on them suffer. The reverse is also true. Restoring, conserving and enhancing soils can improve crop productivity and the resource base on which farmers depend. As a natural resource however, soil is undervalued and neglected both physically and politically. Land degradation now affects an estimated one-third of the earth’s land area and 3.2 billion people. Developing countries and smallholder farmers are affected most severely.
Experts from the Montpellier Panel and soil sciences discuss why soil must become a global priority – from the Sustainable Development Goals to CAADP plans – and why integrated soil management for the 21st century must embrace sustainable intensification to produce climate smart soils.