twitter_chatHealthy soil is the foundation for a food-secure future. But soil degradation plagues one-third of the earth’s land area, resulting in a global economic loss of $40 billion per year. Those most affected – the world’s smallholder farmers – depend on fertile soils for their livelihoods and food security.

How do we nourish the soil and the people who depend on it?

To discuss these issues, @IFDCnews is hosting a Twitter chat on “Soil Health and the Smallholder Farmer” ahead of World Soil Day. Join our panel of experts on December 3 at 10 a.m. EST / 3 p.m. GMT.



Dr. Scott Angle (@ScottAngleIFDC), soil scientist and president/CEO, International Fertilizer Development Center

katrin glatzel

Dr. Katrin Glatzel (@katringlatzel), policy and research officer, Agriculture for Impact


Devex (@devex), social enterprise connecting global development professionals


Soil Science Society of America (@SSSA_soils), international scientific society and home to more than 6,000 soil scientists

AFO (@AfricFertilizer), information exchange portal on soil fertility, fertilizers and good agricultural practices in Africa

Discussion Questions:

  • How does soil health affect crop health? Human health?
  • What are farmers’ primary constraints to soil health?
  • How are you or your organization helping farmers sustainably manage their soils?
  • What extension methods are most effective to encourage smallholder adoption of improved soil management practices?
  • What technologies or practices can farmers use to restore soil fertility AND mitigate the impact of climate change?

Tweet @IFDCnews with your questions, using the hashtag #IFDCSoilChat.