World Soil Day: 5 December 2017

Tue 05/12/17

The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, adopted a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human wellbeing. 

Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the "Global Soil Partnership", FAO has supported the formal establishment of World Soil Day as a global awareness raising platform.

World Soil Day 2016 recoginzed the positive contributions of pulses to soil properties are many: they fix the atmosphere nitrogen and improve its biodiversity, fertility and structure. That is why the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) dedicated last year's World Soil Day to pulses with the theme of "Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life." Also, owing to their nutritional benefits, 2016 was declared the International Year of Pulses.

The theme for World Soil Day 2017, as dedicated by the Global Soil Partnership, is "Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground".

Soil is a finite natural resource; on a human time-scale it is non-renewable. However, despite the essential role that soil plays in human livelihoods, there is a worldwide increase in degradation of soil resources due to inappropriate management practices, population pressure driving unsustainable intensification and inadequate governance over this essential resource.

Visit FAO's website for more details.