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States and local authorities commit themselves for example to:

  • Support an International Soil Initiative with a triple "win-win-win" goal
  • Set up some training programs for farmers and advisors on agricultural development on improving soil organic matter levels
  • Accompany the transition of agricultural systems through the establishment of a suitable regulatory environment
  • Adopt some appropriate public policies, especially in land tenure such as the Voluntary Guidelines for a Tenure Governance (CSA 2012) and Sustainable Land Management
  • Finance the implementation of development or research projects in line with the "4 per 1000 " initiative
  • Develop some policies for the supply of agricultural products that encourage sustainable soil management through public procurement where appropriate
  • Recognize that soils are vital for life on Earth and that living soils preserve biodiversity. Storing carbon in soils means combating climate changes, increasing their fertility, their water retention capacity and thus potentially the yields, reducing their susceptibility to erosion. This enables rural families, farmers to better live from their work on the land, to make better use of them by remaining sedentary, and thus limiting migratory flows
  • Mobilise the stakeholders to encourage them to take actions in order to conserve soils for food security and climate
  • Support agriculture and forestry as sectors contributing to the fight against climate change
  • Address land degradation while having a positive impact on food security
  • Regulate through public policies to accompany the carbon storage in soils over time, beyond the usual practice of a five-year plan, using another temporal scale (half a century or century for example)
  • Work for the opening of carbon markets to new sectors such as agriculture and agroforestry
  • Valorise the share of agriculture and forestry in the NDCs (Nationally Determined Contribution)
  • Pursue the efforts undertaken for the recognition of the role of agriculture in the fight against climate change



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The consortium members and forum partners of the initiative

They act!

Mission of “Soil Health and Food” - Horizon Europe

The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICIN), in the framework of COP25 in December 2019, launched two main events to promote Spanish participation, both by R & D & I agents and citizens, in the context of a co-design approach to missions, including “Soil and food health”. The events, together with the strategic work done previously at national level by the Mirror Groups organized at national level among them the Mission of “Soil Health and Food” (Paloma Melgarejo, scientific officer of the Initiative “4 per 1000”, takes part of this group), are key milestones that will lead to a national contribution to the design of the Missions. For more information click here.

They talk about it...

"Parce que l’alimentation des troupeaux est constituée de 60 à 80% d’herbe des prairies, qui sont des puits de carbone de même que les haies qui les entourent,  l’élevage français de ruminants, producteur de viande rouge, dépasse déjà l’objectif de 4pour1000 de stockage de carbone annuel dans les sols. Par sa démarche BEEF CARBON, l’évaluation des élevages et l’évolution des pratiques, notre filière s’engage à améliorer encore sa performance environnementale" - Dominique Langlois, Président d’INTERBEV

"4 per 1000":  Getting more from the land, for people and the planet" - Craig Hanson, Global Director (Food, Forests & Water) World Resources Institute -

"La restauration des sols par des pratiques agro-écologiques est indispensable à la transition vers des systèmes alimentaires durables et la lutte contre le changement climatique" - Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso.

"Sans élevage, l’agriculture serait déséquilibrée ! L’élevage laitier a une contribution positive sur les sols grâce à la valorisation des déjections animales. C’est le sens de notre adhésion à l’initiative 4/1000".
"La Ferme Laitière Bas Carbone est un programme de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre en élevage laitier. Il est basé sur un diagnostic qui permet à chaque éleveur de calculer son impact et de mettre en œuvre les leviers d’amélioration.  Haies, prairies et effluents sont nos priorités" - Caroline Le Poultier, directrice générale du CNIEL

"Les femmes et les hommes qui travaillent le sol sont les mieux placés pour utiliser et capturer le carbone sur Terre" - réseau TRAME

"Engagé dans le 4 pour 1000 pour promouvoir bonnes pratiques et solutions méditerranéennes pour des sols sains et valorisés" - CIHEAM

"We can reverse climate change by stripping CO2 out of the atmosphere and putting it into the soil where it is needed to improve soil health and crop production" - André Leu, President, IFOAM - Organics International

"A comme Agriculteurs engagés et responsables ; C comme Carbone stocké ; F comme Fertilité des sols restaurée" - Agriculteurs Composteurs de France