Discussion: Food security and sustainable food systems: The role of soil

Zanella, Matheus Alves; Rahmanian, Maryam; Perch, Leisa Nicola; Callenius, Carolin; Rubio, José Luis; Vuningoma, Faustin; Rist, Stephan; Mapfumo, Paul (2015). Discussion: Food security and sustainable food systems: The role of soil. International soil and water conservation research, 3(2), pp. 154-159. Elsevier 10.1016/j.iswcr.2015.06.001

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There is a general consensus that healthy soils are pivotal for food security. Food production is one of the main ecosystem services provided by and thus dependent on well-functioning soils. There are also intrinsic connections between the four pillars of food security: food availability, access, utilization, and stability; with how soils are managed, accessed and secured, in particular by food insecure and vulnerable populations. On the other hand, socio-political and economic processes that precipitate inequalities and heighten vulnerabilities among poor populations often increase pressure on soils due to unsustainable forms of land use and poor agricultural practises. This has often led to scenarios that can be described as: ‘poor soils, empty stomachs (hungry people) and poor livelihoods.' In 2015, in particular, as we head towards approval of the ‘Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs), the role of Financing for Development is debated and agreed upon and a new climate pact is signed – these three political dimensions define how a new post-2015 agenda needs to be people-smart as well as resource-smart. For proposed SDG 2 (Food Security and Hunger), there can be so resolution without addressing people, policies and institutions.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Graduate School:

International Graduate School North-South (IGS North-South)

UniBE Contributor:

Rist, Stephan

ISSN:

2095-6339

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

26 Aug 2015 16:03

Last Modified:

13 Dec 2017 08:05

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.iswcr.2015.06.001

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.70413

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/70413

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