Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon

FAO headquarters, Rome Italy

Soils constitute the largest store of terrestrial carbon and, when managed well, can play an important role in climate change adaptation and mitigation by sequestering greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. In addition, Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) can help increase the nutrition of soils, which could help farmers produce more crops.

The Global Symposium on SOC is a science conference which will explore the role of SOC in increasing food security, fighting climate change, reversing land degradation, and contributing to overall sustainable development.

WLE will be participating and contributing through our partners at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

Tues. March 21, 16:20 - 17:30, RED ROOM (A121)

Rolf Sommer from CIAT Kenya will give a presentation during a session on maintaining or increasing SOC stocks for climate change mitigation and land degradation neutrality, titled Enhancing SOC sequestration: myth or reality in Africa?

Weds. March 22, 8:30 - 10:30, ETHIOPIA ROOM (C285)

Anthony Whitbread of ICRISAT will be presenting on managing SOC in dryland soils, with a presentation titled Sequestering soil carbon in the low input farming systems of the semi-arid tropics – does litter quality matter?