Dr Amanullah Khan’s book published by FAO

Dr Amanullah Khan’s book published by FAO

The management of Dairy Science Park congratulates Dr Amanullah Khan, Agronomist at the University of Agriculture Peshawar for publication of his book by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. He has been selected as Expert Fodder Agronomy for DSP.

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS) and 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) to increase awareness and understanding on the importance of soils and pulses respectively for sustainable food production, food and nutrition security and essential ecosystem functions. In order
to ensure due complementarities, close links have been maintained between these two celebratory events, taking account of the symbiosis between soil and pulses for contributing to food security and nutrition, and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The development of this book started with the Seminar
“Soils and pulses: symbiosis for life. A contribution to the 2030 Agenda” held in April 2016, jointly organized by the Permanent Representation of Italy to FAO, FAO and Biodiversity International. Soils provide a range of ecosystem services that are fundamental to human wellbeing and life on Earth, but in spite of their crucial role, soils have been taken for granted for a long time. Population growth and associated changes in consumption patterns and diet are putting increasing pressure on soil resources, creating the need to grow more food on smaller units of land and to do so using less water. As a result, pressures on soil resources are reaching critical limits and soils are being continuously degraded (roughly 33 % of global land is already degraded). There is thus an urgent need to raise awareness on the importance of this strategic resource and to promote its sustainable management. Careful soil management can increase the food supply, providing a valuable lever for climate regulation and a pathway for safeguarding ecosystem services. Additionally, large economic benefits will be generated from the sustainable management of soil resources. According to the revised World Soil Charter: “soil management is sustainable if the supporting, provisioning, regulating, and cultural services provided by soil are maintained or enhanced without significantly impairing the soil functions that enable those services or biodiversity”.

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