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Societal support for the outcome of soil health by Ralph C. Martin

There are compelling reasons to protect water quality and to adjust our lives in order to have enough water in the future. In addition, clean air is crucial for our health and well-being. Both water and air are accepted as public goods. All citizens, including farmers, want clean air and water, now and in the future. Healthy soil is also a fundamental environmental attribute. Soil organic matter when at high levels along with soil aggregate stability and active microbial populations can moderate drought by holding water for plant roots to exploit. Similarly, soil organic matter and associated soil characteristics improve infiltration of water into soil when there is excess precipitation. Climate change is expected to be about increased volatility with too much or too little water, or temperatures that are too high or too low, at vulnerable stages of crop growth. Below is the article in full.

Societal support for soil health, July-16

Draft of the New Urban Agenda

The Draft New Urban Agenda has been prepared on the basis of inputs and negotiations throughout the Habitat III intersessional process leading to PrepCom3.

This draft will be the basis of negotiations at third session of the Preparatory Committee for the Habitat III Conference (PrepCom3), to be held in Surabaya, Indonesia, 25–27 July 2016. .

The New Urban Agenda aims to be a concise, action-oriented, forward-looking, and universal framework of actions for housing and sustainable urban development. The publication of the this draft opens the next chapter of the Habitat III roadmap. For more information please visit Habitat III New Urban Agenda Page


Agri-Chains and Sustainable Developement Conference (AS&SD 2016) in Montpellier, France. December 12-14, 2016.

This session will deal with “City driven food chains and sustainable developement”
We would be pleased to welcome you in Montpellier to participate to our session and we invite you to submit an abstract before the 7th of August. Non-academic presenters are also encouraged to participate.

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Joining the SDGS: Urbanization & Food Security in the Global South

You are invited to a workshop jointly hosted by the Hungry Cities Partnership (HCP), and the Consuming Urban Poverty Project (CUP) and the African Food Security Urban Network (AFSUN). At this one-day workshop, we will present the results of new research from both projects in countries such as China, India, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Mexico and Jamaica.  The workshop will be framed by the disjuncture between SDG 1 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities) and how the research presented can help bring these two goals into alignment.

Please find below the invitation, draft program including registration information.

SDGs Workshop Invitation & Program, 13 July

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Caesar at

HLPE Report on: Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition

In October 2014, the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to conduct a study on “Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition”. The findings of this study will feed into CFS 44 Plenary session (October 2017). As part of the process of elaboration of its reports, the HLPE is organizing a consultation to seek inputs, suggestions, and comments on the present V0 draft. This open e-consultation will be used by the HLPE to further elaborate the report, which will then be submitted to external expert peer review, before finalization and approval by the HLPE Steering Committee. Read more…….