Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health (CA4SH)

The main objective of the Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health (CA4SH) is to improve soil health globally by addressing critical implementation, monitoring, policy, and public and private investment barriers that constrain farmers from adopting and scaling healthy soil practices.

Science based evidence to prioritize this coalition

Soil health is the very foundation of food systems and provides many vital ecosystem services, including agricultural productivity, flood regulation, nutrient cycling, and carbon. The concept of soil health includes biological, physical and chemical aspects of soil ecosystems. With soil health being the capacity of soil to function as a vital living system within land use boundaries, a function which sustains the biological productivity of soil. Despite the wealth of benefits that existing soil-focused initiatives have delivered, degradation continues from unsustainable land management practices leading to erosion, salinization, compaction, acidification and chemical pollution, with fertile topsoil lost at a rate of 24bn t/year. The world is at a crossroads, with about one third of the Earth’s surface degraded and over 3.2 billion people negatively affected, and continuing business as usual is no longer an option. Agricultural systems can be optimized to be a greater part of the solution through practices that benefit nature and people and ensure operation within planetary boundaries, and that increase soil organic carbon, replenish nutrients and support biodiversity, and that help reduce the significant GHG emissions from food systems, i.e. nature positive solutions for soil health. If not, we will continue to jeopardize not only long-term soil health but the economic productivity of agriculture. Regenerative agricultural practices have the potential to store organic carbon in the soil, serving as a nature-based solution for mitigating global warming by offsetting a significant amount of global carbon emissions, while also ensuring long-term productivity and enhanced resilience. Advancing soil stewardship is key for meeting climate, biodiversity, land degradation neutrality, and sustainable development goals.

Mechanisms of implementation

CA4SH will function as a global coordination center for innovation and knowledge-sharing and action to build soil health by focusing on the following principles:

  1. Accessible and inclusive multi-stakeholder partnerships that empower smallholder farmers;
  2. Transparent and accountable business solutions and public and private sector investments that promote equity;
  3. Evidence-based policy as an enabler for all, at all scales;
  4. Capacity building for on-ground implementation and monitoring.

CA4SH will deliver through regional and country hubs that build synergies across locally adapted initiatives to guide on-ground actions including:

  1. Locally-adapted investment mechanisms, methods and frameworks that deliver farmer incentives for restoring and protecting healthy soils;
  2. Policies and processes that reduce economic, social and technical barriers to uptake and scaling, particularly for marginalized groups including women, youth and Indigenous Peoples;
  3. Practical and scientifically robust, systematic and farmer-led soil monitoring procedures, including indicators, tools and protocols for measuring and valuing soil health, carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services.

Monitoring and Evaluation

By 2030: (a) 50% of all agricultural land under improved soil health; (b) 100 million farmers implementing improved practices for soil health; (c) US$100 million of finance and investment mobilized in support of soil health; (d) Increase by 5 times the present amount of global CO2 sequestered by soils annually.

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Focal point contacts


  • Letters of support have been received from the below as of 12 October:
    Ministry of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australia
    Ministre du Cadre de vie et du Développement Durable, Bénin
    Ministry of Agriculture, Ethiopia
    Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Fiji
    Ministry of Agriculture, Malawi
    Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Turkey
    Department of Agriculture, Zambia

    International Organizations
    International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

    Research Organizations
    University of Sydney, Australia
    Hochschule GEISENHEIM University, Germany
    Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungary
    University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland
    SLU, Sweden
    SUA, Tanzania
    Ohio State University C-MASC, USA

    Farmer Organizations and NGOs
    Aapresid, Argentina
    CREA, Argentina
    Land and Health, Benin
    APEE, Burundi
    Humanitarian, Cameroon
    EFICAGUA, Chile
    European Carbon Farmers, Europe
    European Society for Soil Conservation, Europe
    Pour une Agriculture du Vivant, France
    BAIF, India
    JPAM, Ivory Coast
    RIMA, Ivory Coast
    UEPPACI, Ivory Coast
    CCD, Madagascar
    BACIR, Mali
    Simpson Foundation, Malawi
    Labizey Hallassa Fight for the well-being of populations, Niger
    The Royal Norwegian Society for Development, Norway
    Sustainable Harvest International
    EDAFOTEC, Spain
    ICP, UK

    National Research Orgs
    INERA, Burkina Faso
    French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), France
    KALRO, Kenya
    Institut d’Economie Rurale, Mali
    Research Centre of Agriculture, Georgia
    Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungary
    Institut National de Pédologie, Senegal

    Private Sector Guiding Group

    Working Group Members include: 
    Alliance for Development
    Breakthrough Solutions
    Climate Champions Team
    Climate Focus
    Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC)
    Global Alliance for the Future of Food
    International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)
    International Center for Biosaline Agriculture
    ISRIC- World Soil Information
    Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)
    One Acre Fund 
    Ohio State University C-MASC, USA
    ReNature Foundation
    Soil Health Institute
    RySS/Government of Andhra Pradesh, India
    The Mulloon Institute
    University of East Anglia
    University of Sydney
    World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
    WWF International
    WWF US