Soil and Water: a source of life

December 05, 2023

Soil and water are essential resources for sustaining life on Earth

Over 95 % of our food comes from soils. Soil water is vital for nutrient absorption by plants and binds our ecosystems together. This relationship is the foundation of our agricultural systems.

However, our soils are being degraded by a range of processes exacerbated by the impacts of climate change and changes in land use and land management practices. Soil degradation in turn puts pressure on our water quality and availability. Sustainable soil management practices can help improve soil quality, reduce erosion and pollution, and enhance water infiltration and storage. These practices also preserve soil biodiversity, improve soil fertility, and contribute to carbon sequestration, playing a crucial role in the fight against climate change.

World Soil Day 2023 aims to raise awareness of the important relationship between soil and water in achieving sustainable and resilient food systems. It also celebrates soils and empowers and engages people around the world to improve soil health.

Find out more on the FAO website  

Check out the Key Messages 2023 


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