Press "Enter" to skip to content

IICA highlights the launch in Brazil of the Living Soils of the Americas program

San José, Nov 24 (EFE) .- The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) highlighted this Wednesday the launch in Brazil of the Living Soils of the Americas program, which seeks to promote the recovery of the health of soils in the continent.

“This Living Soils program will help to have that impact and we are here to serve with the network and structure of IICA to be able to put into practice the knowledge and recover the soils that represent a unique asset, a unique asset where we plant our crops”, stated the Director General of IICA, Manuel Otero.

The initiative, promoted by IICA and the scientist and director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center (C-MASC) of the Ohio State University, Rattan Lal, aims to contribute to the health of soils, promote good practices of land management and incentives to transform agricultural systems into ecosystems that accumulate more carbon in soils, thus recovering the quality of the natural resource.

“The goal is for soils to become a carbon sink and we must take advantage of it to mitigate climate change. Reducing emissions and improving productivity is the goal to be able to manage agriculture. GHG emissions represent 42% of the general emissions in the region and the general use of the land sector is only 18%, incorporating the carbon back is important ”, explained Lal.

In the launch of the program, carried out in a virtual event, the Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Tereza Cristina, also participated, who underlined that her country has been a pioneer in agricultural and livestock development with zero emissions.

“Agriculture in Brazil is based on science and for this we have to build and promote associations that allow us to work with the private sector, academia, international organizations, civil society and other entities. These alliances for the conservation of one of the most important resources we have, such as soil, is key to accelerating efforts for our agricultural life, ”said the minister.

The Living Soils of the Americas program seeks to be a bridge between science, public policies for the work of restoration and protection of soils in the Americas, whose degradation threatens the position of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) as guarantor of the global food security.

The initiative is designed to improve rural well-being, productivity and food security while respecting the limits of the environment and making rational use of natural resources.

According to IICA data, in Latin America and the Caribbean approximately 40% of soils have some type of degradation.

Article Source

Disclaimer: This article is generated from the feed and not edited by our team.