Conference on the "4 per 1000" at the French Embassy in Sri Lanka on May 10, 2019

Good attendance yesterday to the conference on "4 per 1000" organized by the French Embassy in Sri Lanka and the agricultural attaché of New Delhi in India (competent to Sri Lanka). Nearly 70 persons coming from various places in Sri Lanka and from administrations, NGOs as well as private business, were present. The opening speech was pronounced by Hon. P. Harrison, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affiairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development  of Sri Lanka. Prof. Leelamani Jayasighe from University of Ruhuna presented the situation of Sri Lanka concerning the 4 per 1000 Initiative. 

In the afternoon, together with Françoise Moreau-Lalanne, French agricultural Attaché in New Delhi compétent for Sri Lanka, Paul Luu met Ms. Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissanayake, Director General of Ocean Affairs, Environment and Climate Change of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She will help in order to have Sri Lanka join the 4 per 1000 Initiative.

The « 4 per 1000 » Initiative’ submissions / Koronivia process

For information, the "4 per 1000" Initiative with UNCCD, Global Soil Partnership, ITPS, Drynet, ICRAF - World Agroforestry, CGIAR - CCAFS, has submitted, as part of the Koronivia Process (KJWA), the following proposals.

Recruitment - CGIAR CCAFS

CGIAR CCAFS is now recruiting for a Low Emissions Development Researcher/Analyst (“Science Officer”) at the University of Vermont.  The position will be open until filled. Please feel free to share this announcement widely.

The Researcher/Analyst position will contribute to the CCAFS’ Low Emissions Development research program ( by leading selected research initiatives and facilitating research administration to deliver outcomes for the climate and food security in developing countries. Quantitative skills related to greenhouse gas estimation and excellent written and verbal communications skills are essential. This is an exciting opportunity especially for new PhDs or other junior scientists interested to contribute to climate change mitigation through innovation in food systems.

To apply, visit here and see here for more details.

For inquiries please contact Lini Wollenberg ( 

Sustainable Land Management and Land Restoration_ elearning course now available

The course focuses on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices, and their place within the global development agenda, specifically in order to achieve target 15.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aims “to achieve a land degradation-neutral world”. The course assists policy makers, practitioners and land users in the selection, planning, implementation and monitoring of SLM interventions, and related enabling environment.

Soil SuperHeroes Campaign!

Carbon Farming Innovation Network Participants are thrilled to announce Phase 1 of the Soil SuperHeroes Campaign!  Here it is! Please take a look – and share out the content. Everyone needs a Soil Superhero!

The Soil SuperHeroes campaign mission is to change the public narrative from “soil as dirt” to soil health as essential to reverse the climate crisis. The campaign will shine the light on Soil Superheroes with the goals of:

  • Making a human connection between consumers and the farmers and companies that are leading the way. 
  • Increasing broad knowledge about the role that soil health plays in climate solutions, healthy food, water quality, biodiversity, global food security, and farmer/rural community well-being.
  • Encouraging consumers to demand food that is grown in healthy soil. 
  • Inspiring other farmers and companies to follow in the footsteps of Soil SuperHeroes. 
  • Moving soil health awareness from 14% to 70% in five years. 

You can get started right away!

Événements à venir liés au 4 pour 1000

Eurosoil 2020: Connecting people and soil - 24-28 August 2020 - Geneva, Switzerland

Eurosoil 2020 objective is to bring together leading research scientists working on soil related topics and stakeholders dealing with issues of public concern such as soil degradation and consequences of climatic changes. The important bridging role of soil practitioners to translate scientific knowledge into practice will be emphasized. Abstract submission is open until April 22, 2019.

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Sommet Climate Chance - Afrique - 16-17-18 Octobre 2019 - Accra, Ghana

Alors que l’urgence climatique devient de plus en plus pressante et que les engagements des États restent insuffisants, il est absolument nécessaire de relever l’ambition et d’accélérer la mise en œuvre de l’Accord de Paris, en associant largement l’ensemble des acteurs et en ancrant dans les territoires la mise en place des actions concrètes en faveur de la lutte contre le changement climatique. Collectivités et autorités locales, entreprises, associations, syndicats, organismes scientifiques, organisations de jeunes et de femmes, organisations paysannes, éducateurs, citoyens, sont invités à soumettre vos initiatives en faveur du climat pour alimenter les travaux du Sommet Climate Chance Afrique 2019. Nous vous proposons de participer à cet appel à contribution si vous menez des initiatives répondant à l’une de ces 9 thématiques :

  • Accès aux financements climat en Afrique
  • Aménager les villes africaines de manière durable
  • Agriculture, alimentation et reforestation en Afrique
  • Énergies renouvelables et efficacité énergétique en Afrique
  • Mobilité et des transports durables en Afrique
  • Adaptation et Eau en Afrique
  • Bâtiment et Construction durables en Afrique
  • Éducation et Formation au changement climatique en Afrique
  • Économie circulaire en Afrique

    Les actions sélectionnées seront présentées lors des ateliers du sommet Climate Chance – Afrique qui se tiendra à Accra du 16 au 18 octobre 2019 (en savoir plus) et / ou publiées sur la cartographie de l’action climat.

Soumettez vos initiatives avant le 31 mai !

CID 2019 : Leviers d’intensification pour une transition agroécologique des systèmes de production en Afrique Sub-Saharienne - Dakar 8 -10 octobre 2019

La 2e Conférence Intensification Durable est organisée par les unités de recherche IESOL, LAPSE, PATHO‐BIOS, IAVAO, et DIVECOSYS. Elle a pour objectif de présenter des approches intégratives et des résultats de recherche visant à améliorer la productivité agricole, atténuer la dégradation de l'environnement et les effets des changements climatiques et contribuer au bien-être et à la résilience des populations rurales. Soumission des résumés avant le 31 mai 2019.

Site de la conférence 

7th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter, Oct. 6-11, 2019, Adelaide, South Australia

The theme of the conference is “Soil Organic Matter in a Stressed World” and has the dual objectives of better understanding and quantifying the functions that SOM sustains in both natural and managed systems, and understanding the stressors that impact on both its stability, and its ability to continue to deliver these key ecosystem functions. Deadline for abstract submission: April 10, 2019.

Conference website

Wageningen Soil Conference 2019: Understanding soil functions - August 27 - 30, 2019 Wageningen, the Netherlands

As in previous editions, the aim of this conference is to discuss the importance of soils. In the 2019 edition, the focus will be on “Understanding soil functions: from ped to planet”. To do this, they will adopt a new style of conference, with traditional conference talks in the mornings, followed by a range of scientific and interactive topic workshops in the afternoons.

Conference website

Fourth Annual Meeting "Soil Health: A Global Imperative" - July 16-18, 2019 - Sacramento, CA

The Soil Health Institute invites applications to give a poster presentation at its Fourth Annual Meeting "Soil Health: A Global Imperative".
Poster Application Deadline - Saturday, June 1, 2019

Poster proposal form

Conference registration 

Eastern Africa Conference on Scaling up Agroecology and Ecological Organic Trade, 25-27 June 2019, Nairobi

The main aim of this forum organized by Biovision Africa Trust and IFOAM Organics International with their partners is to set the ground rolling for discussions that will lead to a fruitful conference on scaling up of Agroecology and Ecological Organic Agriculture trade in Eastern Africa. The conference brings together various practioners and actors in the organic and agroecology sector to deliberate how to address emerging issues and opportunities around agroecology and associated systems and interventions.

Conference website

Food security and climate change: 4 per 1000 initiative new tangible global challenges - June 18-20, 2019 - Poitiers (France)

The present conference provides an exchange forum for scientists, decision makers, funding organizations (agencies), and geopolitical entities to discuss critical issues and realistic opportunities and challenges for the implementation of the initiative. Collaboration is needed to balance the strong scientific creativity with the pragmatic needs for short- and long-term risk mitigation solutions. Proper stakeholder representation is key. Through a multistakeholders forum, multitude of valid ideas may be able to gain traction, to implement sustainable practices leading to effective soil sequestration across countries that are needed to alter the fundamental trajectory of our global society and quality of life.

The conference aims to build partnerships for soil sustainability and resilience, promote innovation and knowledge exchange, and ensure that appropriate solutions are put into practices under the framework of the 4 per 1000 initiative. Submission of abstracts until Tuesday 30 April 2019.

Conference website:

DESERTIF'ACTIONS 2019 - International civil society summit - Land, biodiversity and climate June 19 – 22, Ouagadougou

This one of a kind multi-actors gathering brings together 300 participants from all around the world for 4 days in order to work together on 4 thematics:

  • the Great Green Wall Initiative,
  • pastoralism,
  • land property and land degradation neutrality,
  • and multi-uses of water.

This biennial dedicated to civil society positions itself as a practical answer to a necessity of actions by pushing for more synergies between actors of sustainable land management, biodiversity and climate. Advocacy elements from these workshops will provide the civil society organizations panel of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) with a powerful tool that will help to turn lands into an international priority.

More information :

International Soil Congress 2019, June, 17-19, 2019 in Ankara, Turkey

The International congress on "Successful Transformation toward Land Degradation Neutrality: Future Perspective" will take place on 17–19 June, 2019 in Ankara, Turkey, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of UNCCD. The forum will bring together senior scientists, academicians, experts, policy makers, young researchers and students from national and international institutions to analyze the current and future trends of soil and land resources, establish new policies based on the principles of land degradation neutrality and create a universal message for the sustainable use of soil and land resources. Main topics will include:

  • Successful transformation of agricultural sector for LDN: focusing to enhance the soil health in the food production chain
  • Successful transformation of forest sector for LDN: focus on preventing forest loss
  • Integrated planning approaches for sustainable use of land/soil resource
  • Unlocking the investment for LDN   Role of gender in LDN to achieve the SDGs
  • Sustainable value chains for land degradation neutrality

The congress will also invite young scientists to take part in the Youth Forum on “Land Degradation Neutrality from Local to Global Scale.” More about the event here

Colloque de restitution de l’étude « « Le potentiel de l’agriculture et de la forêt françaises en vue de l’objectif d’un stockage de carbone dans les sols à hauteur de 4 pour mille » - 13 juin 2019 - Paris

Cette étude a permis de recenser, à partir d’une revue de la littérature scientifique, les principales pratiques permettant de stocker du carbone dans les sols. Le potentiel de stockage de chacune d’elle et le coût de leur mise en œuvre ont été estimés, grâce notamment à des travaux de simulation, afin d’évaluer, in fine, le potentiel de stockage à l’échelle nationale. Cette étude est pilotée par l’Inra et a été commanditée par l’Ademe et le Ministère de l’Agriculture et de l’Alimentation. Elle s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’initiative internationale « 4 pour 1000, les sols pour la sécurité alimentaire et le climat » qui vise à la fois à atténuer le changement climatique en séquestrant du carbone atmosphérique dans les sols, et à améliorer leur fertilité ainsi que la capacité des agroécosystèmes à s’adapter au changement climatique.

Informations et inscriptions 

The 1st Great Lakes and Catchment Management Conference at Water Resources Instistute Entebbe, Uganda, June, 5-7, 2019

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University; the Ministry of Water and Environment, the local and international partners are organising the First Great Lakes and Catchment Management Conference (1st GLACAM). The theme of the conference is‘Protecting water and land resources in Africa for climate change adaptation and improved livelihoods’.

More information here

Événements passés liés au 4 pour 1000

4th World Congress on Agroforestry - May 20 - 22, 2019 - Montpellier, France

Organized by Cirad and Inra, the 4th congress follows earlier World Congresses on Agroforestry in Orlando in 2004, Nairobi in 2009  and New Delhi in 2014. The Congress’ theme is "Agroforestry - Strengthening links between science, society and policy". The session "Mitigating climate change with agroforestry" will especially address 4p1000 issues.

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Symposium “Agriculture is the Solution! For climate change” - May 13-15, 2019, Otsu City (Japan)

This symposium is co-organized by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the “4 per 1000” Initiative. It will take place back to back to the 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, scheduled from the 8th to 12th May 2019 in Kyoto, right next to Otsu. This jointly organized event is supported by FAO, the World Bank and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, among others.

The overall objective of the symposium is to raise public awareness on the effects of climate change to agriculture and the contribution agriculture has to combat climate change. It will be held over three days articulated around plenary sessions, a one-day field trip and in depth-sessions about soil organic carbon. Especially this year, the topic is in the focus of the Koronivia Process of the UNFCCC, as one of the themes will be “Improved soil carbon, soil health and soil fertility under grassland and cropland as well as integrated systems including water management”.

The symposium is also back to back to an FAO Expert meeting (Negotiator´s day within the Koronivia informal dialogue for the Pre-Koronivia for 2(c) Soil fertility Session & other issues and Pre-Koronivia for 2(b) Adaptation co-benefits and other issues) on the 16th and 17th of May.

Providing the platform for relevant stories at this occasion, it is expected to provide helpful inputs to UNFCCC parties and the Secretariat, as well as FAO and stakeholders involved in the Koronivia negotiations, to be prepared for the upcoming workshops.

Please find more details and latest information about the upcoming symposium here:

International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment ISAE 2019 28th February 2019 at The Blue Water, Wadduwa, Sri Lanka

On the initiative of the Faculty of Agriculture of Ruhuna University, this annual symposium aimed to make an update on topics related to agriculture and environment. The inaugural session, in presence of the Sri Lankan Minister of Agriculture and officials of Ruhuna University and of the Faculty of Agriculture, included an inspiring talk by Mr. Herman Brouwer, Adviser on multi-stakeholder commitment to the Center for Development Innovation at Wageningen University Research. The Symposium was the occasion for numerous presentations and exchanges between international and local participants. Thanks to this annual event, but also the strength of these 10 faculties, Ruhuna University, that joined the "4 for 1000" Initiative in 2018, strengthens its position as Sri Lanka's first university.

Conference website

Rencontres internationales de l'agriculture du vivant -20-24 février 2019- Paris

Durant 4 jours, plus de 400 représentants de nombreux pays partisans d’une agriculture fondée sur des sols vivants, se sont réunis à Paris. Un vent d’optimisme en faveur d’une agriculture de conservation des sols, voire régénérative a soufflé sur la maison internationale de la Cité Universitaire. Des présentations d’excellent niveau, faites par des agriculteurs eux-mêmes ou des professionnels innovants dans leurs filières, ont permis aux participants de témoigner des succès de cette agriculture fondé sur la santé des sols, à l’origine même de la santé des animaux et des hommes.

Une cérémonie en introduction du dîner de gala autours de productions issues de fermes ayant adopté ces pratiques, a célébré les acteurs et les entreprises innovants dans différents secteurs du monde agricole par la remise de trophées de l’agriculture du vivant. A cette occasion, un grand moment d’émotion a marqué l’assistance avec la remise d’un trophée d’honneur à Lydia et Claude BOURGUIGNON pour leur contribution de toute une vie à la défense de cette agriculture du vivant et de ses pionniers.

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