The 4 ‰ Initiative : Soils for Food security and Climate


Why  ? The Lima-Paris Action Agenda => The Lima-Paris Action Agenda : support players already engaged in climate action => Showcasing progress made => Encouraging new substantial commitments : new initiatives and players, in all sectors → Agriculture has to be present in the LPAA. => Inclusive, robust and ambitious initiatives => Official launch at COP21.

What is 4‰ ? Soils for food security and climate  » => A multi-stakholder Initiative launched by France with the support of FAO. => A Lima-Paris Action Agenda Initiative => 1 objective : increase carbon sequestration in agricultural soils => 3 major outcomes: - Ensure food security : increase soil fertility - Adapt agriculture to climate change - Mitigate GHG emissions 

Increasing soil organic carbon : how ? Silvopastoral Systems in tropical regions :

Anti-erosive structures :

Zaï holes in dry Lands:

Conservation agriculture:

→ Solutions do exist !

The 4‰ initiative : 2 main pillars

1 / A multi-partner stakeholders


2 / An international research cooperation programme





A multi-partner initiative involving all stakeholders   => Agricultural practices at local level : restoration of soils, increase of organic carbon stock, protection of carbon rich soils and biodiversity => Training and outreach programs : encourage such practices => Funding projects : restore, improve and/or preserve carbon stocks in soils => Development and implementation of public policies and appropriate tools => Development of supply chains of soil-friendly agricultural products, etc.

  An international research and scientific cooperation programme  4 complementary research themes : => mechanisms and assessments of the potential for carbon storage in soils across regions and systems => assessment of best farming practices for soil carbon and their impact on other greenhouse gases, on food security => innovation : support and dissemination => monitoring and estimating variations in soils carbon stock, especially at farmers level

An inclusive and transparent governance => a collaborative platform   => an executive committee  => a scientific and technical committee 

The French agro-ecological project : an example of commitment Ensure transition towards production systems economically, environmentally and socially efficient => A positive vision of agriculture : Combination of economic and environmental performance => Soils are a key factor : improve quantity of organic matters in soils through local adaptated practices => A methodology : mobilize all the stakeholders : A steering committee  => gathering all partners A comprehensive action plan co-built with partners: training, research and developement…

4‰ initiative : Who can join ? => Governments and local authorities  => support the transition of agricultural systems : training, regulations, tools => Donors and private entities => support development projects => International research => develop the 4 actions => Private companies => eliminate from the supply chains products not compatible with the objectives => Farmers' organizations=> encourage the adoption of new practices to store a larger amount of carbon => NGOs=> identify, adapt and facilitate the dissemination of good practices and ensure that they meet expectations

4‰ initiative : what can I do ? => Go on to register your commitment and support the « 4‰ initiative – soils for food food security and climate». Private companies can register their commitment here : => Invite other organizations and stakeholders to take action and join the Initiative Be with us in Paris on 1 December for the official launch of the Initiative : Sign a joint declaration between all stakeholders.

Lima-Paris Action Agenda

Encouraging new substantial commitments : new initiatives and ... 4 complementary research themes : ... assessment of best farming practices for soil carbon.

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