Farming & Soil

We know that 40% of today’s global population works in agriculture, making it the single largest employer in the world. Only half of the global food production feeds the world’s population, the rest is used to feed livestock, fill our petrol tanks, support industrial production processes or simply goes wasted. Our global agricultural system is causing erosion, deforestation, depleted and contaminated soil and water resources, loss of biodiversity, and the decline of family farms.

We know that soils host a quarter of the planet’s biodiversity and are a non-renewable resource. They are in danger because of expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use and management practices, pollution, overgrazing and climate change. Soils store and filter water improving our resilience to floods and droughts. Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production and the current rate of soil degradation threatens the capacity to meet the needs of future generations.

Agricultural sustainability means maintaining productivity while protecting the natural resource base: environmental health, economic profitability, and social and economic equity. Healthy soils are an important component of sustainability. Creating small-scale sustainable land management models able to feed life in all its diversity is an etic imperative of our time.




OCIM ProgrammeSustainable agriculture that applies organic standards helps preserve the natural resource base and is significantly more profitable compared to conventional farming: a useful measure to increase incomes among poor farmers in Africa. The OCIM Programme intends to promote the transition to organic cotton farming techniques in rural areas of Mozambique and help communities re-establish the national value chain. Read more


SFEC Modules 1&2Soils feeding agriculture and agriculture feeding soils: a holistic land management plan that optimizes agriculture, forestry and grazing areas to both feed the community and enable the provision of ecosystem services. The SFEC Module 1 and 2 will address land management in the Buritaca river basin (Colombia) by optimizing crop productivity and linking forest restoration with income generation in the region. Read more