lecturers from SU Soil Science Department: Drs. C. Clarke, A. Hardie and A.
Rozanov were invited to join the World Soil Day (5 Dec 2016) round table
discussion on Food Security that was hosted by the Timiriazev Agricultural
Academy and supported by the Eurasion Centre for Food Security, World Bank and
FAO. Ms Liesl Wiese (a PhD student at the Dept. Soil Science, SU) also attended
the round table as the representative of the Global Soil Partnership, which is
funded by the FAO. The main focus of the discussion was on addressing the
problems of training soil scientists in Africa and Asia to face the challenges
of land degradation and sustainable intensification of land management. The
Stellenbosch presentations were well-received and further co-operation in this
directions is expected between Stellenbosch University, ECFS, FAO and RUFORUM.
World Soil Day event the soil museums from Wageningen (The Netherlands), St.
Petersburg and Moscow (Russia) show cased their research, data collection and educational
programs for the general public and school learners. The experience of the
leading soil museums would be useful in promoting the South African Terroirs,
particularly in wine-making regions of the country.