Conference on the 4 per 1000 Initiative [fr]
The Embassy of France in Sri Lanka and the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food organized a conference on the 4 per 1,000 initiative at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo on 10th May 2019, in the distinguished presence of Hon. P. Harrison, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and H. E. Eric Lavertu, Ambassador of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Mr. Senake Amerasinghe, President of the Sri Lanka France Business Council and Mr. Paul Luu, General Secretary of the 4 per 1000 initiative were also present at this event.
Building on solid, scientific documentation and concrete actions on the ground, the “4 per 1000 Initiative: soils for food security and climate”, which was launched in France in December 2015, aims to show that food security and combating climate change are mutually complementary. It also aims to ensure that agriculture is a source of solutions for the future.
Human activities emit enormous amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, which enhances the greenhouse effect and accelerates climate change. Every year, 30% of this carbon dioxide is absorbed by plants, thanks to the photosynthesis process. Then, when those plants die and decompose, the living organisms of the soil, such as bacteria, fungi or earthworms, transform them into organic matter, and thus increasing the soil carbon.
An annual growth rate of 0.4% in the soil carbon stocks, or 4% per year, would halt the increase in the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere related to human activities.
By reducing deforestation and encouraging agro-ecological practices, we will be able to reduce the climate change. Sri Lanka is working extensively towards this direction and its knowledge and experiences are valuable to share, in policy making, research and implementation. At this conference, the business community witnessed how sustainable agriculture will be able to provide sustainable trade.