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December 6th, 2017 / Xinhua, China

A United Nation soil scientist on Tuesday called on African countries to increase their budgetary allocations to purchase soil research equipment that could help improve food productivity.

Daniel Pennock, the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said timely research is required to help protect products on the environment and human health due to the increasing use of plant protection products (PPP).

“The research institutions in the continent need support to conduct relevant research that could help monitor the increasing use of Plant Protection Products (PPP) that is a widespread concern to food productivity,” Pennock said during the launch of the assessment report at the ongoing UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) conference in Nairobi.

He said that since 95 percent of food comes from soil, it is important that soils are kept healthy to produce healthy crops that in turn nourish people and animals. Read more