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Multi-country-program Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security

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Alexander Erlewein (GIZ)

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Multi-country-program Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security

  1. 1. Seite 1 Soil rehabilitation for food security: a priority for German development cooperation 03.11.2018 Alexander Erlewein German International Cooperation (GIZ) Sector project on soil protection, desertification and sustainable land management
  2. 2. Seite 2 BMZ´s "One World - No Hunger Initiative" 03.11.2018 • Graph?
  3. 3. Seite 3 BMZ´s "One World - No Hunger Initiative" 03.11.2018 Why soils?  Soil degradation is an increasing problem  Key concern for food security  Multiple benefits of soil protection Source: FAO
  4. 4. Seite 4 Global Programme on Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security 03.11.2018 What? Goals • Rehabilitate 340.000 ha of degraded soils • Increase yields by 30% • Include soil conservation in the political agendas of partner countries
  5. 5. Seite 5 Global Programme on Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security 03.11.2018
  6. 6. Seite 6 Global Programme on Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security 03.11.2018 How? • Training farmers in soil conservation techniques • Strengthening extension and advisory services • Supporting local and national authorities to improve frameworks for soil protection
  7. 7. Seite 7 Major challenge: scaling up soil protection 03.11.2018 • Making progress on SDGs on food security (SDG 2) and land rehabilitation (SDG 15) requires massive upscaling of soil protection • Many best practices are known, but not widely replicated  What are the socio-economic barriers for upscaling soil protection?  What are elements of an enabling environment that allows for scaling up soil protection?
  8. 8. Seite 8 Barriers and solution approaches for upscaling sustainable soil management (1) 03.11.2018 • No immediate economic return  Clearly demonstrate long-term benefits of SSM: increased yields and resilience  Additional incentives: subsidies, payment for ecosystem services • Inefficiency of extension services • Focus on short-term productivity. Neglect soil/resource management • Biased towards rural elites  Integrate soil/resource management in extension curricula  Ensure access by marginalized groups. Model farmers among the poor
  9. 9. Seite 9 Barriers and solution approaches for upscaling sustainable soil management (2) 03.11.2018 • Lack of tenure security  Recognition of customary and informal tenure rights  Mechanisms to protect legitimate tenure rights (dispute resolution) • Limited access to land for women and youth  E.g. special land leasing arrangements
  10. 10. Seite 10 Conclusions 03.11.2018 • Soil protection works: for food security, environment and climate • But: it only works at a large scale if there is a framework of enabling policies and incentives (incl. effective and accesible extension services, tenure security, access to finance i.a.)  Need for policy reform!  How to convince policy-makers to pay attention to soils?
  11. 11. Seite 11 Conclusions 03.11.2018
  12. 12. Seite 12 Conclusions 03.11.2018
  13. 13. Seite 13 Thank you 03.11.2018

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