Helping farmers put a stop to soil degradation.
Soil degradation doesn’t make the headlines like climate change does, but it is a major threat to our future. Healthy soils supply the essential nutrients, water, oxygen and root support that our food-producing plants need to grow and flourish (1). But when mismanaged, soils have a serious ecological, economic and social impact.
According to the UN, nearly a third of the planet’s land is severely degraded and fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24 billion tonnes a year (source). We urgently need to move away from destructive agricultural practices, in ways that make sense for farmers.
Agroecological farming approaches use ecological logics to study and manage agricultural systems in order to make them both more productive and better at conserving natural resources. They are based on a wide variety of technologies, practices and innovations, including local and traditional knowledge as well as modern science.
Let’s support farmers in their application while reducing financial risks!
Create Your Solution To The Challenges
To solve the above challenges, we recommend you take part in the Healthy Soils for Healthy Food Workshop in the ‘Fabulous Food Forever’ theme on Day 1, where a mix of ideas will be brainstormed and teams will be formed.
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The Theme Expert with expertise in Soils and Agroecology is Mertijn Moeyersons. Make sure to also have a talk Jasmien Wildemeersch. She is your Food Curator at Hack Belgium and your lead expert, connector and coach throughout the 3 day event.
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What’s the Food Theme at Hack Belgium all about?
Our food and agricultural systems threaten the planet’s vulnerable ecosystems. Many food producers are struggling to produce against the odds of climate change and market pricing mechanisms. So how might we create more sustainable food production systems while making healthy food accessible for all?
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Visit the My Journey page to learn more on how you should organise your 3 Days. Lots of other Ideation, business, design and technology workshops to pick. Don’t forget to also visit the Experience Zone.