Soil Health Practices: Sharing ground on experience and knowledge | Washington DC, USA


Date(s): 06/19/2018
Time: All Day

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Event by: French Embassy Agriculture Department

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About: Agricultural soils are a strategic resource for states, as they are indispensable in feeding the population, and are thus important for food security. If, on the one hand, they can support solid economic activity, which is particularly important in rural areas where agriculture constitutes the spinal column of human activity, they are also a fragile resource. Soil is like a living being that has to be nourished, balanced, and cannot be exhausted, at the risk of becoming “dead earth.” Agricultural activity, in order to be sustainable, must first be able to protect soil, to maintain a sufficient level of organic matter, to fight against depletion, both in minerals and through erosion. That also plays a role in the resilience of agricultural systems and their ability, through agronomic practices more in line with the soil cycle, to adapt these systems to climate change, to storing carbon in soils, and, more generally, to increase the production capacity of these soils while also respecting the environment, thus increasing global food security. If agricultural models and the different agronomic practices implemented differ from one region to another, from one country to another, the problems of soil health are ultimately rather comparable, and there is much to gain in exchanging practices, examples and challenge.

For this purpose, the Embassy of France is organizing JUNE 19, 2018, a day to exchange ideas on soil health to help share experiences in this field. The event is organized around two round tables. A lunch buffet will cap off the event, allowing for informal exchanges and networking.

Detailed Program (subject to change): 

8:30 am: Welcome and coffee

9:00 am: Beginning of Event

– Opening remarks

– An example of actions to promote the improvement of soil health: 4 per 1000, Paul Luu, 4 per 1000

Roundtable on how to link scientific knowledge and soil health improvement policy development. Participants:

  • Rattan Lal (The Ohio State University)
  • Bianca Moebius-Clune (USDA-NRCS)
  • Murielle Trouillet (French Agriculture Ministry)
  • Deborah Bossio (The Nature Conservancy)

Roundtable on local development and implementation of healthy soils programs and policies. Participants:

  • Jenny Lester Moffitt (California Department of Food and Agriculture)
  • Tobias Baedeker (World Bank)
  • Gabrielle Bastien (Regeneration Canada)
  • Andre Leu (IFOAM)
  • Ryan Sirolli (Danone North America)

 Summation, Lori Arguelles (Ferguson Foundation)

– Closing remarks by Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States

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