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5 Dec: Celebrating soils, “Where food begins”

wsdlogo_upd_en_grey 5th of December was World Soil Day. Yes, since 2013, soil has its official celebration Day!

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)’s Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly, which declared 5th of December as the World Soil Day.

This is because soils are an important, non-renewable resource that has been neglected for too long. The World Soil Day global campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness of their critical importance in our lives.

CIAT actively joined the campaign to highlight the importance of soils for food security, climate, biodiversity, water availability and quality; and shared the results of our research and actions across the tropics to restore degraded land, improve soil fertility and crop productivity, become climate smart, and effectively fight poverty and hunger.

Take this opportunity to know more about soils with:


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Farming First Twitter Chat

Join Farming First Twitter Chat on Friday 5 December at 10am EST / 3pm GMT.

CIAT’s Soil Research Area Coordinator, Juliet Braslow, will be one of the experts on the panel. Tweet @farmingfirst with your questions, using the hashtag #AskFF.

More information


Some readings from our blogs

Could climate change spell trouble for Kenya’s largest river?
2 December, 2014 by Georgina Smith

Costing the earth: who’s responsible?
17 November, 2014 by Georgina Smith

Clues to improving farm productivity one agronomic survey at a time
10 November, 2014 by Juliet Braslow

Mitigating climate change – every little bit helps
25 June, 2014 by Stephanie Malyon


“We Love Soils”, our best shots

You love soils? We do too! Check out our selection of pictures and their story shot by our amazing CIAT colleagues around the world.

Created with flickr slideshow.


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  • Julius Kinjabe: I wish to have my one acre land under soybeans this season. I am in Bungoma (Bumula). please advice. reply to jkinjabe@yahoo.com
  • Hellen Chege: #Talk soil When carrying a soil test on a given farm that has different section(tree zone, backyard e.t.c) should the soil sample be mixed or are they treated differently?
  • erichj: Clean Biomass cooking is no small thing. The World Bank Study; Biochar Systems for Smallholders in Developing Countries: Leveraging Current Knowledge and Exploring Future Potential for Climate-Smart Agriculture http://fb.me/38njVu2qz has very exacting analysis of biomass usage & sources, energy & emissions. Also for Onion farmers in Senegal and Peanut farmers in Vietnam. A simple extrapolation made from the Kenya cook stove study, assuming 250M TLUDs, (Top-Lite Up Draft) Cook Stoves for the roughly 1 billion folks world wide now using open burning. A TLUD per Household of 4, producing 0.52 tons char/Household/yr, X 250M = 130 Mt Char/yr Showing sequestration of 130 Million tons of Biochar per year, could be achieved just from cooking. In terms of CO2e, these 250M Households reduce 825M Tons of CO2e annually. The cascading pulmonary health benefits for woman & children is the very thick icing on this 0.825 GtCO2e Soil Carbon Cake.
  • Getabu: I am searching for soya beans which matures less than four months. please let me know where to get them and contacts of the sellers. reply to rainbowrural@yahoo.com thank you. meroka
  • chrispin okumu: Our group partners with N2Africa in western kenya.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Livelihood-Environment-Agriculture-Food-LEAF-project/415038845239972?ref=hl