4 per 1000 Initiative:July 2019 Newsletter 4

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:

  1.  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
  2. 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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