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Putting Soil Security on the Policy Agenda: Need for a Familiar Framework

Show simple item record Yawson, David Oscar Adu, Michael Osei Ason, Benjamin Armah, Frederick Ato Yengoh, Genesis Tambang 2021-03-15T13:00:03Z 2021-03-15T13:00:03Z 2016-09-29
dc.identifier.issn 23105496
dc.description 11p:, ill. en_US
dc.description.abstract Soils generate agricultural, environmental, and socio-economic benefits that are vital to human life. The enormity of threats to global soil stocks raises the imperative for securing this vital resource. To contribute to the security framing and advancement of the soil security concept and discourse, this paper provides a working definition and proposes dimensions that can underpin the conceptualization of soil security. In this paper, soil security refers to safeguarding and improving the quality, quantity and functionality of soil stocks from critical and pervasive threats in order to guarantee the availability, access, and utilization of soils to sustainably generate productive goods and ecosystem services. The dimensions proposed are availability, accessibility, utilization, and stability, which are obviously similar to the dimensions of food security. Availability refers to the quality and spatial distribution of soils of a given category. Accessibility relates to the conditions or mechanisms by which actors negotiate and gain entitlements to occupy and use a given soil. Utilization deals with the use or purpose to which a given soil is put and the capacity to manage and generate optimal private and public benefits from the soil. Finally, stability refers to the governance mechanisms that safeguard and improve the first three dimensions. These dimensions, their interactions, and how they can be operationalized in a strategy to secure soils are presented and discussed en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Cape Coast en_US
dc.subject Soil security en_US
dc.subject Dimensions en_US
dc.subject Availability en_US
dc.subject Accessibility en_US
dc.subject Utilization en_US
dc.subject Stability en_US
dc.subject Critical and pervasive threats en_US
dc.subject Ecosystem services en_US
dc.subject Policy agenda en_US
dc.title Putting Soil Security on the Policy Agenda: Need for a Familiar Framework en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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