Carbon sequestration for better soil and food security

Sep 08 2021


Better cropland management increases soil carbon sequestration and fertility, lowers global C02 levels and enhances food security

As the UN Food System Summit draws near, a new white paper outlines how well executed soil, crop, and water management can maintain and increase soil organic carbon (SOC) content for healthy and fertile soil, while lowering global CO2 levels and enhancing food security.

The study carried out by ICARDA, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), the African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI), OCP North America (OCP NA), and the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), offers clear evidence that global croplands, and especially those in dry regions, are at risk of dire fertility loss.  However soil carbon sequestration offers an important intervention in the fight against global warming.

Desertification and soil degradation is widespread across global croplands, and especially in dry areas, due to inappropriate land and soil management practices such as overgrazing, monocropping, unsuitable irrigation techniques, etc. Average.
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Source: ICARDA