• Reduce text

    Reduce text
  • Restore text size

    Restore text size
  • Increase the text

    Increase the text
  • Print


Poitiers (France)

18 - 20 Jun 2019

4 per 1000. Soils for food security and climate. © INRA

Food security and climate change:
4 per 1000 initiative, new tangible global challenges for the soil

INRA is organizing an international conference in collaboration with the University of Poitiers, from 18 to 20 June 2019 in Poitiers, France. It will provide an exchange forum for scientists, decision makers, funding organizations (agencies), and geopolitical entities to discuss critical issues and realistic opportunities and challenges for the implementation of the 4 per 1000 initiative in France, in Europe and in the world.

Updated on 04/10/2019
Published on 01/31/2019

The 4 per 1000 initiative was launched in 2015 as a global initiative to promote the adoption of economically viable and ecologically sound agricultural practices towards carbon sequestration and food security. Despite doubts in terms of feasibility and contribution to climate change mitigation, the soil remains at the heart of the political and socio-economic debate.

The conference aims to build partnerships for soil sustainability and resilience, promote innovation and knowledge exchange, and ensure that appropriate solutions are put into practice under the framework of the 4 per 1000 initiative.

The event will include inclusive round tables aimed at strengthening the involvement of socio-economic researchers, private sector (corporations and non profit), etc. in the initiative. This specifically aims at finding new business models, which include investment in soil capital as a long-term business opportunity. 

The conference will seek to:

  • Discuss and try to close controversies that exist concerning the implementation of the 4 per 1000 initiative,
  • Explore the scientific studies and practical experiences that will unravel the barriers and opportunities of SOC storage in different parts of the world,
  • Explore how this initiative will affect the role and influence of different communities in networks of knowledge production,
  • Explore innovative aspects, scientific breakthroughs of new practices, new social and political strategies to stimulate investment in the “soil” capital.

Programme and important deadlines


Important deadlines:

  • Call for Abstracts: February 2019
  • Registration: February 2019
  • Abstracts Due: April 30th, 2019
  • Acceptance notifications: May 2019

Other practical information