The Ethiopian National Soil Campaign officially launched on Friday, 6th June 2015, at Tropical Gardens while the 2nd Ethio Earth Day is being celebrated with a festivity carnival and interesting exhibitions.

The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS) (A/RES/68/232), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has been nominated to implement the IYS 2015, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. For this purpose, FAO has appointed the well-known soil fertility expert, H.E. Professor Tekalign Mamo, as one of the two Special Global Ambassadors for the 2015 IYS.

Hence, the Consortium, which consists the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Environment and Forest and several other organizations, is proud to announce the official launch of the Ethiopian National Soil Campaign with the aim of raising awareness about the importance of soils and healthy soil management.

State Minister Ato Sileshi Getahun of the Ministry of Agriculture could not attend to launch the Ethiopian Soil Campaign, because of urgent official business. As a result, Eshetu Bekele (of Adama Science and Technology University) and Yelleka de Nooy (of AgriProFocus Ethiopia), who are active members of the Organizing Sub-Committee, welcomed everyone and proclaimed the official launch of the Ethiopian Soil Campaign.

Key personalities, including Professor Tekalign Mamo (who had to travel to Rome this morning for his role as FAO’s Special Ambassador for IYS), are involved in this yearlong soil campaign.

In addition, various Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations, including Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Forest, AgriProFocus Ethiopia, GIZ, ISD, Ethiopian Soil Science Societies (ESSS), and many others, are taking roles for the common goal – Protect Our Soils!

The Ethiopian Soil Campaign incorporates a number of activities, such as national conferences, field visits, experience sharing opportunities, educational TV & Radio programs, and effecting awareness creating events. (Please find below the Preliminary Program of the Ethiopian Soil Campaign for the rest of the year.)

The Consortium and the Organizing Sub-Committee, would like to extend their gratitude to the 2nd Ethio Earth Celebration organizers – Ecopia (special thanks to Dr. Mitsilal Kifleyesus), ABC Trading and Tropical Gardens – for their earnest facilitation in officially launching the Ethiopian Soil Campaign.

Source: New Business Ethiopia

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