PhosAgro took part in the international eco forum
PhosAgro Deputy CEO Alexander Sharabaiko took part in the international forum “Protecting the planet’s soils from degradation and depletion. International experience in maintaining soil fertility and health.”
The event was held in a hybrid format on the basis of the Russian State Agrarian University and was organized by PhosAgro together with the Institute of Biology of the Komi Science Center of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The speakers of the forum were the rector of the Russian State Agrarian University Vladimir Trukhachev, Director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for Relations with Russia Oleg Kobyakov, Secretary of the FAO Global Soil Partnership Ronald Vargas, Rector of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Yakovenko, and Executive Secretary of the FAO Eurasian Soil Partnership Pavel Krasilnikov. More than 350 scientists and experts from Russia and countries of Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia also took part in the forum.
The experts discussed priority tasks and international experience in the field of preventing soil degradation, related issues of ensuring food security and issues of sustainable soil management in general. Participants noted that an important place in maintaining soil health was given to sustainable agricultural practices, in particular the use of fertilizers free from hazardous concentrations of toxic substances by farmers.
PhosAgro has been working with FAO on sustainable soil management since 2018. PhosAgro has become the first Russian company in history to be selected by this UN organization to implement a global initiative in the field of soil protection. As part of the initiative, a worldwide network of more than 800 Glosolan soil laboratories has been created, which covers more than 150 countries. The task of soil laboratories is to assess the quality and safety of fertilizers and monitor soil health. The parties are also implementing the Soil Doctors project, informing farmers about how to use land efficiently and sustainably and promoting the implementation of best practices in accordance with the International Code of Conduct for Fertilizer Management. In May 2022, PhosAgro expanded its cooperation with FAO by launching the Russian network of soil laboratories Rusolan.