Food Systems Summit action guide 2: Restoring soil health
Soil is often seen as little more than the shallow layer of dirt on the Earth’s surface. Its role in providing almost all our food calories, regulating water supplies, supporting biodiversity, and helping stabilize the global climate is widely overlooked and frequently undervalued.
The current methods used to produce crops and livestock have contributed to a worldwide decline in soil health. However, agroecological approaches and regenerative practices recognize that healthy soils are the foundation of human development.
Adopting a sustainable soil management approach will restore soil health and functions and help reduce the negative environmental footprint of current food production systems, while simultaneously improving livelihoods, delivering ecosystem services, and boosting food security.