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Happy World Soil Day! We’re celebrating because we know how vital soil is to the world.

Did you know?

  • 95 % of our food comes from soil
  • Sustainable soil management could produce up to 58 % more food
  • There are more organisms in one tablespoon of healthy soil than there are people on the planet
  • Soil is in danger: Globally up to 50,000 square kilometers of soil is lost every year
  • 33 % of our global soils are degraded and experts say we only have 60 years of topsoil left
  • While over a third of our food goes to waste up to half of our household waste could be composted to nurture our soil.

The theme for this year’s World Soil Day is ‘Caring for the Plant starts from the ground’ and that is exactly what we’re doing at Project Alba. Our farming activities not only support stellar vegetable production, but also put nutrients and organic material back into soil in order to improve our farmers’ soil health. This in turn helps farmers to produce even better crops.

Why is this important in Cambodia?

In Cambodia, a country that has historically relied heavily on growing rice the land has suffered. Land that has been previously used for rice production is usually nutrient deprived and low in materials that are able to retain nutrients and water. Our bed preparation techniques incorporate manure, composted plant matter, and other components that will actually improve soil over time while working with us.

It is our mission at Project Alba to promote agricultural practices that improve the environment as well as the livelihoods of our farmers. By partnering with us more than 150 farmers in Cambodia have more than doubled their income and provided safe and healthy vegetables for consumers at market.

This World Soil Day we recognise soil as it is one of our most important resources and one that should be celebrated and cared for.

Find out more about Project Alba’s work.

Lowery Michelle, 12th December 2017