World Soil Day – an opportunity to highlight SalFar

20 December 2021 - Published by Laila Dam
Every year the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) celebrates World Soil Day.

World Soil Day is held on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources. This year the theme was “Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity” where the purpose was to address the growing challenges in soil management, fighting soil salinization, increasing soil awareness and encouraging societies to improve soil health.
In connection with the celebration of World Soil Day two SalFar partners were invited to give a presentation at two separate events.

Global Symposium on Salt-Affected Soils

SalFar’s project coordinator Angelica Kaus from the Province of Groningen gave a keynote speech at the Global Symposium on Salt-affected Soils, which was co-organized by FAO. The symposium was a three-day virtual conference, with 5,500 registered participants from over 185 countries. Angelica Kaus gave a speech on "Building a community of science and practice on saline agriculture in the North Sea region, Europe”, which was based on the work conducted in SalFar. You can see the keynote speech in the video below, if you go to the time code 2:59:00.



Salinization’s impact on agricultural land in a time of climate change

At a Danish agricultural school Dorte Storper from SAGRO gave a presentation with the title “Salinization’s impact on agricultural land in a time of climate change”. Here she explained how SalFar is working on developing solutions so that salt-affected soils can be used for sustainable food production. Further, she explained that the project is active in FAO's INSAS network, where we help share research and practical knowledge that can make a difference.