The Initiative’s 4th Newsletter is packed with interesting information and provides an overview of what the organization is doing. It is impossible to summarize all the important information here. We will come back to some of the topics in future Newsletters. In the meantime, we draw our readers’ attention to:
- The conference “Food security and climate change: 4 per 1000 Initiative new tangible global challenges” was held from June 18 to 20, 2019 in Poitiers (France). The conference brought together 4p1000 critics as well as supporters. One day was dedicated to controversial topics. Moreover, there were people from NGOs, from farmers’ organizations and even big companies giving talks about their vision of the “4 per 1000”.The conference was a good demonstration of how to proceed in order to make progress in this multi-stakeholder In summary, there was a strong recommendation to invest and consider the soil as a business case namely through alternative practices (e.g. agroecology, regenerative agriculture…). In addition, effective policies are recommended to incentivize farmers to adopt best practices, while informing them about the co-benefits of soil carbon sequestration. There was also strong support for the creation of a new virtual ‘soils information system’, that builds upon existing foundational pieces, but with greatly expanded content, consistency and access, that is global in scope. Conference report HERE
- “Healthy Soils to Cool The Planet” – A Philanthropic Action Guide: This guide focuses on philanthropic and investment opportunities to promote healthy soils and soil carbon sequestration primarily through changes in agricultural practices. Focus topics and strategic systems are featured as “game-changers” with: waste to compost, geographic hotspots, peatlands, ecological restoration & green infrastructure as well as irrigated rice. This guide provides an initial roadmap for investing in healthy soils to help cool the planet and enhance resilience.
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