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5 December 2023

World Soil Day 2023: “Soil and water: a source of life”

Photo by Noah Buscher on Unsplash

The FAO Director-General will be joined by high-level speakers and thousands of soil enthusiasts.

Artistic performances and keynotes will enliven the ceremony. Finally, the winners of the Glinka World Soil Prize and FAO’s King Bhumibol WSD Award will be unveiled and the Global status of salt-affected soils launched.

About the launch of the Global status of salt-affected soils

Did you know that improper irrigation, poor drainage and overexploitation of aquifers are the main drivers of soil salinization, leading to reduced agricultural productivity?
With over a billion hectares of soil already trapped by salinity and sodicity, and a further 2.6 billion hectares on the brink of salinization worldwide, our pioneering report is here to shed light on the key challenges and pave the way for the future.
The report, made possible by the collaborative efforts of over 300 soil salinity experts from 55 countries, offers global and regional insights while presenting adaptation and mitigationstrategies for salt-affected soils.


More information here.


From 5 December 2023 to 5 December 2023


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