More than 200 organizations have already signed the “4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate,” representing important progress for soil, agriculture and climate.
Bringing together civil society, nations, international funds and organizations was a challenge; bringing together 200 of them around a table on the question of agriculture and soils was a victory. The 4 per 1000 Initiative, launched by French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll one year ago during the COP21 Paris climate conference, has since grown in notoriety and united for the first time its 200 members – including 37 countries – November 17th in Marrakech.
14 international soil experts are now part of the scientific and technical committee of the initiative. These members will propose in 2017 a framework and indicators to measure the quantity of carbon stocked in soils and best practices. A cartography of the state of carbon in the Earth’s soils is already underway. The goal of all this? To give financial contributors analytical tools to estimate the impacts of agricultural projects on soils, food security and the climate. The initiative has already complemented two ongoing pilot projects in Western Africa and Uruguay. They will serve as a test to analyze the impact of soil restoration on the pursued objectives of the 4 per 1000 Initiative.