FAO - Soils and pulses, Symbiosis for life
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). This publication aims to provide an overview to decision makers and practitioners of the main scientific facts, information and technical recommendations regarding the symbiosis between soils and pulses. It highlights how good practices may be put in place to support ending hunger and malnutrition, adapting to climate change, halting land degradation and achieving overall sustainable development.