Promoting sustainable soil management in sub-Saharan Africa through the African Soil Partnership

Dec 2015

In Sub-Saharan Africa, soil degradation leads to a massive annual loss of productive soils and is the root cause of declining agricultural productivity. If soil degradation is allowed to continue, it will have severe negative impacts on the economies of individual countries and the welfare of millions of rural households dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) was established in 2012 to promote sustainable soil management (SSM) at all levels. Regional Soil Partnerships were established in order to facilitate regional actions and to ensure that the partnership process becomes country driven. The Steering Committee of the African Soil Partnership (AfSP) identified priorities for SSM promotion and implementation under the five Pillars of Action of the GSP. The International Year of Soils has triggered various actions at regional and national levels, for instance regional and national workshops were organized as well as many other social and educational activities. The implementation of the GSP plans of action will focus on SSM in the region for the purpose of fighting hunger and poverty, adapt and mitigate to climate change and ensure the provision of other ecosystem services by soils (e.g. clean water). However, soil degradation remains an issue in the region, which is in need of further support from the GSP and the international community. Investments in SSM and soil and land rehabilitation are seen as the only solutions to improve soil health and therefore the welfare of millions of people.


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December 5, 2015

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