More attention to the health and management of the planet's soils will be needed to meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population while coping with climate change and increased scarcity of natural resources, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo today told a group of leading soil scientists and research organizations gathered at the UN agency's Rome headquarters to mark World Soil Day.

To emphasize the importance of Soils, FAO also launched a new online "soil portal," which offers a comprehensive collection of soil maps and over 700 technical reports.

Link to the FAO Soil portal.