FAO lists SKUAST-K as a global partner for sustainable soil management

FAO lists SKUAST-K as a global partner for sustainable soil management

posted on June 19, 2022 | Author RK News

Srinagar, June 17: In order to promote Sustainable Soil Management (SSM) for food security and climate change mitigation, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology in Kashmir has become the official partner of the Global Soil Partnership ( GSP) of the FAO.

The Global Soil Partnership for Food Security and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (GSP) brings together international, regional and national organizations working in the field of soil protection and sustainable management. Launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome on September 7, 2011, the partnership aims to implement the provisions of the 1982 World Soil Charter and position soils on the Global Agenda through collective action.

The main objectives are to promote sustainable soil management (SSM) and improve soil governance to ensure healthy and productive soils for food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable development.

Dr. Shabir Ahmad Bangroo, Assistant Professor, Division of Soil Science, Faculty of Horticulture, had submitted an official application on behalf of SKUAST-K to become an official GSP Partner, which was reviewed and approved by the GSP Secretariat .

Dr Bangroo, also coordinator of SKUAST Kashmir – GSP, said the partnership means that SKUAST-K will have access to the latest information on soils and sustainable soil management, connecting with new partners and stakeholders across all sectors , exchanging knowledge and sharing work with others. , access to matchmaking opportunities for GSP project funding and participation in GSP events at international forums.

Professor Javed Ahmad Wani, Head of the Soil Science Division, said around 33% of the world’s soils are degraded and policy makers around the world are exploring opportunities to embrace sustainable development through the SDGs. He said SKUAST-K’s Soil Science Division is focused on addressing these issues locally, nationally and internationally.

The Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Professor Nazir Ahmad Gani commended the Soil Science Division for making the partnership a reality and said he would help the university with the resources needed to work on soil health at J&K and in the country.

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