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International Partnerships

"4 per 1000: Soils for Food Security and Climate" Initiative, Declaration of Intention

Memorandum of Understanding

Memorandum of Understanding Between The “4 per 1000: Soils for Food Security and Climate” Initiative, Paris, France and The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Ohio State Contact Information

  • The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

International Partner Contact Information

  • 4 per 1000: Soils for Food Security and Climate Initiative Declaration of Intention

Location of International Partner

  • Paris, France


  • The aim of the Initiative is to improve levels of organic matter and foster carbon sequestration in soils through the implementation of farming methods appropriate to, and reflecting local conditions, including criteria relating to environmental, social and economic issues, thereby contributing to the preservation of rich soils and restoration of vulnerable, desertified soils, while respecting existing land tenure rights, including informal rights and their holders, consistent with the voluntary guidelines for responsible governance of land tenure regimes applied to land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security (Food Security Committee, 2012) and the principles for responsible investment in agriculture and food systems (FSC, 2014)
  • The Initiative seeks to address the following three issues:
    • Improvement of food security by soil fertility and combating land degradation.
    • Adaptation of agriculture to climate change
    • Mitigation of climate change.
  • By signing the declaration of intention in support of the Initiative presented on 1 December 2015 in Paris, over 160 organizations have given an undertaking “to put in place a formal governance structure through an inclusive and transparent process, guaranteeing fair participation by the various stakeholders and taking into consideration the need to collaborate with existing, relevant initiatives by seeking synergies with them on soil health issues, wherever possible.”
  • The present Declaration of Intention for the creation of a Consortium reflects that shared political commitment.

Duration of the Agreement

  • This Agreement will be in force for a period of five (5) years starting February 21, 2017.

Note: Please see entire agreement for details