Competing Pressures on Soil & Land: securing our natural resource base for food security

Soil resources are pivotal to end hunger and achieve food security (Sustainable Development Goal 2). Yet, fertile soils are not only a finite and limitedly available resource, but also continuously degraded. Under a business as usual scenario, implementing the SDGS will increase demands placed on soils for the production of food, feed, fibre, and fuels. Competing demands and trade-offs manifest locally at the landscape level in the production of land-based goods and products (e.g. food crops versus energy crops) and at a global level by the trade of land-based goods and services thereby shifting the use of natural resources and outsourcing externalities. This workshop focuses on critical competing demands on soils and links this with practical steps of how we can achieve land degradation neutrality to achieve food security.

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Right to defend Land: strengthening accountability at the local level through thematic reviews

Secure access to land and natural resources is crucial for the livelihoods of millions of people worldwide. Despite international agreements such as the 2030 Agenda and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, marginalized people struggle to enjoy their legitimate land tenure rights given competing pressures on resources and injustice, often resulting in violent silencing of activists. Protecting land rights defenders and strengthening local accountability mechanisms is not only key to people’s lives, but is also essential to achieving the SDGs. By addressing the “shrinking civic space”, this workshop will utilize the Thematic Reviews promoted by the 2030 Agenda to create a support function for accountability at national levels by elaborating guidelines for national government reporting and empower local cases.

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Soil Rehabilitation for Zero Hunger: upscaling people’s technologies by sharing lessons and developing strategies

This workshop builds on the partnerships with Ministries of Agriculture in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Kenya and other stakeholders, established under the BMZ Initiative “One World, No Hunger”. Healthy soils and equitable use of land play crucial roles for sustainable development; as land degradation neutrality is fundamental for better livelihoods, ending hunger, improving human health and well-being, and can contribute to gender empowerment among other goals. Thereof, this workshop is designed to identify synergies that can support our collective of partners in catalyzing SDG implementation at local and national levels. Particularly, we will define some key gaps and challenges in existing policies that hinder broad-based sustainable soil management, and potentially strategic intervention areas for targeted investments in soils.

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