Summary of the Dialogue Session “Food Security and Sustainable Food Systems: the Role of Soils”

SUMMARY OF DIALOGUE SESSION | IASS | APRIL 2015 Authors: Matheus A. Zanella (IASS), Maryam Rahmanian (CENESTA), Leisa Perch (RIO+ Centre), Carolin Callenius (Brot für die Welt), Faustin Vuningoma (PELUM), José Luis Rubio (ESSC & WASWAC) The Global Soil Week (GSW) 2015 Dialogue Session in Berlin, Germany, co-hosted by the RIO+ Centre, discussed integration and implementation of soil in broader socio-political and economic discussion on sustainable development. This is the summary of the Dialogue Session “Food Security and Sustainable Food Systems: the Role of Soils”. Stakeholders agreed that the post-2015 agenda must be people-smart and resource-smart. Viewing soil for its uniqueness, rather than an attachment to previously dominant issues, should catalyse action on food security in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A holistic approach to soil management and administration will positively impact sustainable food security. At present, a lack of understanding of the influence of soil on sustainable food security has underestimated its management and sustainable use. In addition to GSW 2015, the Soil Governance Conference held on March 25-27, 2015 in Brazil, discussed soil’s prominence in the post-2015 development agenda discussions and its essentiality to the achievements of the SDGs.

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