World Soil Day

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Added On December 7, 2017

To celebrate World Soil Day, the United Nations is calling for people to care for "ground we walk on." 
 
To help, the body is launching the Global Soil Organic Carbon Map - to highlight the dangers of soil degradation.  
 
At the UN headquarters, Krishna Nandhini borrows the words of Franklin Roosevelt to warn that "A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself".
 
SOUNDBITE (English): KRISHNA NANDHINI, the UNCCD official
"In the decades to come, this ground, will have to provide ecosystem services, to feed an estimated world population of almost 9 billion people by 2050. And that means agricultural production has to increase almost 70 percent globally. That would mean to find an estimated 6 million hectares of land for agricultural production annually."
 
World Soil Day brings attention to the essential role soil plays in human lives. 
 
Yet despite its neccessity, Nandhini warns that more than half of all agricultural land has been already degraded through over-farming, pollution and erosion.
 
SOUNDBITE 2(English): KRISHNA NANDHINI, the UNCCD official
"Climate change is of course further exacerbating the situation. There are in fact studies that suggest that climate change induced water stress and land degradation could lead to loss of two thirds of all our arable land by 2025, that would actually mean plunging millions of particularly small-holder farmers into poverty and contributing to forced migration,  conflict and a whole slew of other issues."
 
The UN official has urged political commitment and investment from all stakeholders, to stop declining levels by 2030.