Sustainable agriculture improving soil governance




Embrapa Soils – Rio de Janeiro/Brazil

Time: Thursday, 27. January 2022, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CET), subsequent deep dive 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Languages: English, German

Soil is the support of life – it houses about 25% of the planet’s biodiversity. Soils also play a key role in water cycle regulation, nutrients recycling and carbon sequestration. These soil-based ecosystem services are the base for agriculture and food production – it is estimated that 98.8% of the daily calories consumed by humans come from soil [1]. However, estimates indicate that up to half of the fertile soils of the planet might have been lost in the last 150 years [2]. Thus, sustainable agriculture is a key element to change this scenario. Programs and projects that promote agriculture sustainability are important to offer new perspectives for soil conservation and contribute to soil governance. There is a need for understanding how agricultural transitions are being governed through a variety of actors and at several levels. This session is diverse and inclusive, connecting the different sectors. It aims to contribute to move forward on this debate by presenting a multi-level perspective on soil governance and real cases to encourage effective actions for soil sustainable use worldwide. The invited panelists bring a substantial wealth of experience and will present international guidelines, national policies, programs, and interaction with the private sector, highlighting the importance of these initiatives towards an effective soil governance.


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Ana Paula Turetta is a Geographer and completed her master (2000) and doctorate (2004) degrees in Agronomy, with a focus on Soil Science, through the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro.

Since 2006, she has been a researcher at Embrapa Solos – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has extensive experience in the environmental field, especially in the interface between soil and rural landscapes. Her research lines include assessing the sustainability of rural landscapes and food systems, with an emphasis on soil ecosystem services and their connections to agriculture multifunctionality.

Currently, she is the head of two projects: one that evaluates the agriculture potential to contribute, in addition to food security, to water and energy security (water-energy-food Nexus); and the second one about the role of agriculture multifunctionality in natural disaster risks mitigation.

She also has extensive international experience, either collaborating with and/or leading international projects, as well as in experiences abroad, with a post-doctorate in the soil quality department at the University of Wageningen (Netherlands – 2014) and as a visiting researcher for 22 months at the Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) in Germany (2019/2020).

She is a professor in the Territorial Development Master’s Program at UFRRJ, where she teaches the subject “Policies and environmental management”.

She is responsible for the Brazilian chapter of the Ecosystem Services Partnership – ESP ( and the elected Latin America representative of the ESP steering committee.

Stefan Sieber is an Associate Professor (PD, Privatdozent) at Humboldt University zu Berlin and concurrently he coordinates the department SusLAND “Sustainable Land Use in Developing Countries” at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF). His domains are food security and nutrition, climate change and bioenergy. He focuses on inter- and transdisciplinary research methods such as co-design of innovation, policy and governance analysis. Beyond, he applied sector modelling approaches and further developed impact assessment methods in Europe, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He (co-)coordinated 37 international research projects, authored/co-authored 173 peer-reviewed publications as well as more than 100 conference contributions.

Panel Guests

Edmundo Barrios is an Agricultural Officer at the Plant Production and Protection Division of FAO. He provides technical and policy-related advice on ecosystem management, soil health & biodiversity that supports agroecological transitions to sustainable food and agricultural systems. A soil ecologist with more than 20 years of research for development experience with the CGIAR based in Latin America and Africa, he investigated the linkages between soil health, biodiversity and productivity in agricultural systems. He led the FAO Agroecology team in the development of the ‘The 10 Elements of Agroecology: Guiding the transition to sustainable food and agricultural systems’ publication released during the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology held in Rome at FAO-HQ in April 2018 and a recent review publication on enabling agroecological transitions. He was a member of the editorial board of ‘The State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity: Status, challenges and Potentialities – Report 2020’ and of the scientific committee of ‘Recarbonizing global soils : A technical manual of recommended management practices’ published in 2021, and is a member of the Global Soil Partnership Secretariat hosted at FAO.

Actually Head of Embrapa Soils – Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation. Bachelor’s at Agronomia from Universidade Estadual do Maranhão (1986), master’s at Troisième Cycle en Sciences de L’Environnement from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (1995), master’s at Agronomy from Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (1990) and doctorate at Doctorat ès Sciences Pédologie et Géomatique from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (1999). Has experience in Agronomy, focusing on Genesis, Morphology and Classification of Soil, acting on the following subjects: solos, digital soil mapping, gis, mapeamento digital de solos and banco de dados. Embrapa representative in several national and international forums on Soils and participated from 2013 to 2018, in two terms, “Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soil, ITPS, of the GSP (Global Soil Partnership) of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Dr. Anneke Trux is currently Head of GIZ’s “Global Programme Protection and rehabilitation of soils for food security (ProSoil)”.

Until January 2018 she has been Head of Unit for Sectoral and Management training within GIZ’s Academy for International Cooperation. Before, she has been the team leader of NRM and rural development projects and programmes of the German Development Cooperation.

She has been working for GIZ since 1991 and a has long term working experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Mediterranean and Central Asia.

Being a co-author of Germany’s very first report on climate change to the German Parliament in 1988, the linkage between climate change, soils and human life has been a challenge to her throughout her professional career.

She has been working at local, national, and international level. Climate change, environmental policy, rural development, human capacity building, leadership and management and organisational development are key areas of her expertise.

Dr Trux is biologist and obtained her doctoral degree from the Friedrichs-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn.

Christian Lohbauer, 54, holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Studied from 1994 to 1997 at the University of Bonn, Germany, with a scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He was International Relations Manager of the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo – FIESP (2001-2004), Deputy Secretary of International Relations of the Municipality of São Paulo (2005), Executive Director of the Brazilian Poultry Exporters Association – ABEF (2006-2009), Executive President of the Brazilian Association of Citrus Exporters – CitrusBR (2009-2013) and head of Corporate Affairs at Bayer Brazil (2013-2018). He is Executive President of CropLife Brasil, Director of the Agriculture Council of the São Paulo Federation of Industries (COSAG/Fiesp) since 2006 and member of the International Analysis Group of the University of São Paulo (GACINT/IRI/USP) since 1999.

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