Food security and sustainable food systems: this important discussion was supported by the Rio+ Centre as part of the GSW 2015.
Credit: Diverse stakeholders discussing food security and sustainable food systems at a GSW 2015 Dialogue Session co-hosted by the RIO+ Centre / Photo by Leisa Perch
By Leisa Perch*
2015 is a once-in-a-generation year in international development policy. It is also the International Year of Soils! Soil, the bare earth, has made a come-back in the age of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and at a time when natural resource management is at the heart of discussions on sustainability and sustainable development. The fact is, we often take soil for granted. We assume that, like water and air, it will always be there. However, mismanaged soil erosion and land degradation are reaching alarming levels, followed by drastic changes in the ecosystem’s capacity to provide goods and services for society and for the ecosystem services we depend on.
To call attention to these trends, the UN designated 2015 as the…
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