World Soil Day: 5th Dec, 2017

Q.  Which day is celebrated every year on 5th of December by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations?
- Published on 06 Dec 17

a. World Soil Day
b. World Health Day
c. World Irrigation Day
d. World Anti-Starvation Day

ANSWER: World Soil Day
World Soil Day: 5th Dec, 2017The World Soil Day is celebrated every year on 5th of December by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

It aims to communicate messages on the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being.

The Theme for year 2017 is 'Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground'.

The theme seeks to highlight importance of soil in human livelihoods and increase in degradation of soil resources worldwide due to inappropriate management practices, population pressure driving unsustainable intensification and inadequate governance over this essential resource.

Facts About Soil
  • Soil is where it all begins. Few people know that soils are a non-renewable resource.
  • It takes over 1000 years to make 1 cm of soil.
  • This means that in our lifetime, all the soil we see is all there is.
  • Soils do amazing things for us that we sometimes take for granted. They sustain food production, filter our water, are the source for our medicines and help us to combat and adapt to climate change.
FAO: Know More
  • FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, and helps developing countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices, ensuring good nutrition and food security for all.
  • Its Latin motto, fiat panis, translates as "let there be bread".
  • As of May 2017, FAO has 194 member states, along with the European Union (a "member organization"), and the Faroe Islands and Tokelau, which are associate members.

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