Rescue more farmland

young crop farmland

Rescue more farmland

Our commitment: to improve the fertility of 10 million hectares of farmland on the brink of degradation

See our progress at a glance

Our work with growers and partners around the world is delivering measurable results.

The challenge

Already, some 40 percent of existing farmland is seriously degraded, and an area large enough to feed Europe is too depleted to produce food. In fact, we lose a soccer field of farmland every second to desertification, urbanization and degradation1. Nature takes 500 years to replace just 25 millimeters of lost soil.2

Nature takes 500 years to replace 25 millimeters of lost soil

Fertile soil is the foundation of sustainable agriculture. But poor farming practices expose soil to erosion by wind and rain, leaving millions of hectares infertile each year. Much of this soil is lost because of plowing for weed control.

tree desertification

Our commitment

To rescue more farmland

corn field landscape

Practices that conserve soil are essential. We help farmers increase soil fertility and improve land productivity in sustainable ways. This can include appropriate use of fertilizers, planting different types of crops each season, and using techniques to avoid unnecessary plowing.

Planting margins around fields helps reduce erosion, and provide important habitat for pollinating insects and other wildlife.

Taking action

Explore our stories to see the Good Growth Plan come to life

impacted farmland

How are we doing?

potato farmer

Conserving soil and growing more

Our "Conservando Mi Tierrita" (Preserving My Land) program in Colombia trains smallholder potato farmers in soil conservation techniques Conserving soil and growing more as well as responsible and efficient use of water and crop protection products.

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Help biodiversity flourish


1 Zero Net Degradation – A sustainable Development Goal for Rio+20, UNCCD secretariat recommendations for Policy Makers (May 2012)

2 Pimentel D, Pimentel M; American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; Vol. 78, Issue 3, p. 660S-663S; September 2003

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