The 2019 Global Soil Week (GSW) conference taking place May 26-30 in Nairobi, Kenya will explore the increasing need for inclusive investments in sustainable land management and foster a dialogue, “Creating an Enabling Environment for Sustainable and Climate Resilient Agriculture in Africa.” The conference will be divided between the technical segment and the high-level segment, where experts, policymakers, civil society representatives will meet and discuss the potential approaches to address Africa’s pressing challenges.
It is critical to take care of the soil. A key component of Natural Agriculture and other forms of agriculture, soil is the basis of healthful, nutrient-rich vegetables and fruits. The use of additives, chemicals, fertilizers or genetically modified (GMO) seeds are not a part of Natural Agriculture. Eliminating these inputs and seeds also eliminates much of the pollution of the soil and brings life back into the ecosystem. Simply put, Natural Agriculture promotes biodiversity and healthy soil, and is an approach that also reduces soil erosion and improves soil’s potential for carbon sequestration leading to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Healthy soil stores and filters water, allowing farmers to produce crops around floods and droughts. Soil is able to hold three times as much carbon as the atmosphere can, helping in reducing the effects of climate change.
Soil connects all life and health. By practicing Natural Agriculture, we put nutrients back into the soil, creating healthier food, more bio-diverse ecosystems and a more vital planet. For additional information on Global Soil Week, please visit the website here.