C-MASC Newsletter: C-MASC Newsletter Fall 2021

Fall 2021
In This Issue:

1. Front Page: United Nations Food Systems Summit

1.2. World Food Prize

2. Quarterly Viewpoint

3. C-MASC: Arrivals

4. C-MASC: Updates

5. Where in the World is C-MASC?

6. Publications & Presentations

  1. United Nations Food Systems Summit

    United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021

    September 24, 2021 – The first-ever UN Food Systems Summit saw nearly 300 commitments from hundreds of thousands of people from around the world and across all constituencies to accelerate action and to transform food systems. The Summit process gave rise to several multi-stakeholders’ initiatives led by civil society, farmers, women, youth and indigenous groups that Member States commit to in order to deliver on the priorities, needs, and gaps identified in national pathways. “Indigenous Peoples have been supporting the Summit. We have organized dialogues in the seven socio-cultural regions, with almost 300 Indigenous Peoples organizations participating, said Indigenous Peoples rights activist and Summit Advisory Committee member Myrna Cunningham, who launched the Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems at a UN press briefing on Thursday.

  2. UNFSS Side Event: Living Soils of the Americas

    September 22, 2021 - Dr. Lal was honored to participate in the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture's (IICA) UNFSS side event entitled: Living Soils of the Americas: a integrated approach to improve soil health and agrifood systems. The UN FSS will discuss, consolidate and operationalize actions to transform the way the world produces and consumes food. This initiative is part of the Decade of Action that seeks to accelerate progress on all SDGs, which requires advancing to healthier, more sustainable, resilient and equitable agrifood systems. In this sense, the Living Soils of the Americas, an initiative led by the IICA - Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture in partnership with the Rattan Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration of the Ohio State University, aims to facilitate the collaboration among multisectoral actors to improve soil health and carbon sequestration in agricultural lands. In this very exciting side event of the UN FSS, IICA will count with the experience of Prof. Rattan Lal and other selected partners to discuss the solutions that will put the agri-food systems as a key component to provide healthy food and mitigate climate change.

  3. Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health (CA4SH)

    Action Track 3: Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health (CA4SH)

    Soil health is the foundation of our food systems. It is also critical to climate change mitigation and adaptation, enhancing above and belowground biodiversity, contributing to environmental restoration goals, and increasing food and nutrition security. Today’s soils face an unprecedented crisis. Over 40% of the Earth surface is currently degraded. Topsoil is being lost at a rate of around 75 billion tons annually, and soil carbon stocks are depleted by around 40-60%, equal to USD $400bn in lost agricultural production. Degraded agricultural soils negatively impact around 3.2 billion people.

  4. Coalition of Action for Soil Health: Global Soil Hub

    Coalition of Action for Soil Health: Global Soil Hub

     The overarching goal of CA4SH is to improve soil health globally by addressing critical implementation, monitoring, policy, and public and private investment barriers that constrain farmers from adopting and scaling healthy soil practices. The Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health will continue to thrive beyond the Summit. Be part of the global community to restore soil health and support farmers with equitable and transparent financial mechanisms and technical support for implementing healthy soil practices.

  5. Slycan Trust Special Newsletter Issue: Focus on Food Systems

    Slycan Trust Focus On Food Systems

    Food systems are one of the most fundamental elements of human communities, societies, and economies, forming complex webs of food producers, supply and value chains, markets, and consumers. They are deeply interlinked with the defining global challenges of today: climate change, biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, sustainable development and the eradication of poverty, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Lal's contribution may be found on page 7.

  6. The U.N. Food System Summit is laying the groundwork for change – from the soil up

    Agricultural landscape near Muunguu village, Waita, Kenya. CIFOR-ICRAF/Kelvin Trautman

    Talk around the U.N. Food System Summit (UNFSS) this week is, quite literally, about how sustainable food systems can emerge from the ground upwards.

  7. World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogues

    World Food Prize Foundation

    Dr. Lal is currently enjoying his first trip out of Ohio in over a year to Iowa to participate in the Borlaug Dialogues hosted by the World Food Prize. His heartiest congratulations to 2021 World Food Prize recipient, Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted and Borlaug Field Award recipient, Dr. Elliot Dossou-Yovo. He looks forward to presenting the Laureate Lecture for Global Resource Systems at Iowa State Univerisity on October 20th, 2021 at 3:30pm Central time and the Nutrition Roundtable: Nutrition-Sensitive Food Systems. Registration for the Borlaug Dialogues is available here: https://www.worldfoodprize.org/

  8. World Food Prize Side Event: Transforming the Food System through Climate Positive Agriculture

    Corteva Agriscience

    Corteva invites you a World Food Prize side event. Join with recent participants from the Climate Positive Leaders Program to discuss the progress made and explore the actions needed to achieve measurable food system transformation through climate positive agriculture.

    You may register for this side event hereCorteva World Food Prize Side Event

    Two Climate Positive Leaders Program farmers, along with a nominator and 2 judges, will be showcased this year at World Food Prize, through a free side event on Thursday, 10/21 from 3-3:30pm CT.

    C-MASC is proud to partner with Corteva to develop and contribute to the Climate Positive Leaders Program. 

  9. World Food Prize Side Event: Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)


    The crisis triggered by COVID-19 has had a profound impact on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), blurring many of the achievements of the past decade and increasing the region’s economic, social and environmental challenges. In response to this crisis, agriculture and agrifood systems have driven food security and socioeconomic reactivation, and are therefore called upon to serve as pillars of the region’s strategic positioning in this new global scenario.

    You may register for this side event here: IICA World Food Prize Side Event

    Within this context, after more than 18 months of preparation, the Food Systems Summit was held on 23 September 2021. As part of its strong commitment to the Summit, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) led a series of consensus-building dialogues among the 34 countries of the hemisphere, which, during the most recent meeting of the Inter-American Board of Agriculture (IABA), agreed on 16 key messages that represent the voice of agriculture in the Americas at the Summit.

    These messages highlight the fact that agricultural producers must play a key role in the transformation and evolution of agrifood systems, that decisions proposed and adopted must be science-based, and that agriculture has a great deal to contribute as part of the solution to the main challenges being faced.

    In view of the foregoing, this side event will seek to foster the sharing of ideas regarding the future and necessary evolution of food systems.

  10. World Food Prize Side Event: A Food Systems Approach to Transforming Africa’s Soil Health: Policy, Science, Implementation and Impact


    To achieve systemic transformation in food system and consumption patterns, we must begin by transforming soil health. Healthy soils are critical for producing nutritious foods, closing water and nutrient cycles, and sequestering carbon. The land is also the primary source of income for smallholder farmers globally. If we feed the soil, the soil can feed the world.

    You may register for free here: IFDC World Food Prize Side Event

    Optimized use of mineral fertilizers, combined with organic amendments in integrated crop and landscape management, is the foundation to achieving food system goals—increased production of nutritious food, increased farmer profitability, enhanced environmental protection, and improved sustainability.

    Join our panelists for a lively discussion on the policy, science, implementation, and impact of smart fertilization strategies for soil health to enhance agriculture productivity and transform lives in Africa, while reflecting on the global discourse on sustainable agriculture.

  11. From the Desk of Rattan Lal: Sparing Land for Nature

    Vegetables from a home garden

    The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated the global food insecurity and increased the prevalence of undernutrition from 691 million (M) in 2019 to 811 M by Dacewa 2020. As many as 3 billion (B) people cannot afford a healthy diet and more than 2B people are prone to malnourishment. The need to improve access to healthy, nutritious, and safe food will increase with increase in global population of growing affluence and changing values or lifestyle. Thus, there is an urgency to strengthen and expand local sources of food production to supplement global food stocks, buffer price volatilities, and increase access to safe, nutritious food. In this context, the role of home gardens to enhance household and community food and nutritional security cannot be over emphasized. In addition to food supply, home gardens are also critical to provisioning of other benefits, such as social, economic, cultural, aesthetic, health, and environmental factors. Home gardens can also create another income stream and livelihood for poor households. Such benefits and ecosystem services are important not only in developing countries, but also in emerging economies and developed countries. For example, the number of people challenged by food insecurity in the U.S. increased from 35M in 2019 to 45 M in 2020, partly due to disruption in the food supply chain and access by the pandemic. Food deserts have been increased by the pandemics, globally. In this context, home gardening is a pertinent strategy to address this global issue. Community gardens are another viable option for urban dwellers.


    Dr. Rattan Lal

    Rattan Lal
    Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science
    Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center
    IICA Chair in Soil Science & Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Issues
    Adjunct Professor at the University of Iceland and the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)
    International Decade of Soils 2015-2024

  12. Visiting Scholar Viewpoint: From the Desk of Nour El-Houda Abed

    Noor El-Houda Abed

    Back from the United States and after obtaining my PhD, I had the opportunity to become head of the department of planning and programming of research and international relations of the National Institute of Agronomic Research of Algeria. The economic crisis which resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic led to a reflection on the strategic plan of the country's development including the agricultural sector in Algeria with as output the governmental roadmap which focuses on the development of agriculture in the Saharan region of the country.  Our institution has decided to comply with this plan and to carry out a reform at the scientific level through the reorganization and scientific restructuring of all the research departments of our institution around this axis (selection of varieties of adapted wheat and fodder, development of oasis agriculture, strategies of efficient management of water resources, etc.). 

    Also, thanks to my training with Dr. Lal, as part of the Borlaug scholarship, which allowed me to integrate the world of preservation of the primary natural source for the survival of all living species, animal and plant, and which is our ecosystem, both atmospheric and terrestrial, especially through the importance of greenhouse gases emitted by the agricultural sector, I was able to study and train at the IPCC guidelines (certificate of achievement attached to this mail).

    Nour Abed
    Dr. ABED Nour Elhouda
    National Institute of Agricultural Research of Algeria (INRAA)

    Soil and Agricultural Areas Management Subdivision
    Head of Department of Science Planning and Programming


  13. Anna Kolganova

    By Anna Kolganova  – I was born in West Siberia, Russia, in a small town called Surgut. Even though this town is not well known, it is still one of the main energetic centers of Russia, where oil and gas industry is highly developed. Growing up in this colorless point in Siberia, I was always surrounded by news about how oil spots occur in rivers and on soil surface and how energetic industry makes unique Siberian ecosystems suffer. This is why at High School I decided to become an environmentalist. I spent 4 years of my life pursuing Bachelor’s degree in the field of Ecology and Environmental Management in the University of Tyumen. On the second curse of my Bachelor program, my Advisor offered me to take part in an International scientific conference and I agreed. I wrote my first scientific article about environmental pollutants and their cancerogenic influence on the residents of Surgut. On this conference I got the first place. The day of this conference was my birthday and I made myself the greatest gift – I found my destination. I realized that I want to be a scientist. And this is how my scientific path began.

    I have been dreamed to study in the USA since school. Last year I got my Bachelor’s degree and applied to the Ohio State University. I got a fellowship and now I am pursuing my Master’s Degree in Environment and Natural resources here. Under Dr. Lal’s mentorship I am developing my thesis work about methanogenesis in ruminants and ways of cattle methane emission reduction. In the century of the climate change issue, it is highly important to do research that can help us to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

    It has been a month since I became a member of OSU student community and C-MASC. I feel free and happy here because I got a chance to develop myself as a scientist by doing thing that I really like. I met lots of great people here, students and Professors are supportive and this helps me to not feel as an extra person in this unknown country. I already have 7 scientific publications which I wrote as an undergraduate student. Here, at OSU, I have a lot of opportunities to increase the number of my researches and I know for sure that I will do this. I am still trying to get used to new conditions, but I can definitely say that this is a priceless experience. I hope that my journey at OSU and C-MASC will be full of exciting moments. 

  14. Brittany Multer

    Brittany Multer

    By Brittany Multer – Brittany received her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Kansas in 2018. After graduation she worked at Arup, an engineering consulting firm, in San Francisco as a Civil Engineer on the Site Development team.

    Brittany is currently pursuing her master’s degree in the School of Environment and Natural Resources focusing in soil science. Her research interests include soil physics and the correlation between soil physical properties and the carbon sequestration potential of a soil.

  15. Umesh Acharya

    Drr. Umesh Acharya

    By Umesh Acharya – Dr. Umesh Acharya has recently (August 2021) joined Dr. Rattan Lal C-MASC, at the Ohio State University as Postdoctoral Scholar. Umesh completed his master’s and PhD in soil science from North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA. He developed a model to predict soil moisture integrating satellite imagery, weather station and soil data using machine learning algorithms. During his PhD, he was teaching assistant for Introductory soil science course for two semesters and independently managed soil lab class for a group (12 students).

    Umesh developed his expertise on satellite image processing, machine learning algorithms, ArcGIS during his PhD work. Umesh has worked in drainage, tillage, crop rotation, residue decomposition, cover crop and soil health and published five research articles from his master’s work from North Dakota State University. In addition, He got a Government of India scholarship to pursue master’s in horticulture from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. He has worked on the effect of zinc and boron on yield and quality of seedling transplanting multiplier onions. 

    Before coming to the United States, Umesh worked as food security coordinator in a remote hilly district of Nepal for three years. He worked closely with small holder farmers to improve soil productivity in the marginal land and support farmers with software approaches utilizing local resources and knowledge. The principal approach was agriculture for food and nutrition because transportation was a huge problem. They must produce enough food to support themselves for the entire year. Umesh also worked in the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF Nepal) for one year (2015-16) on a project supported by Global Environment Facility (GEF). Here, he worked with farmers in the buffer zone of national parks of fragile Chure mountain to implement agroforestry approaches and protect soil and agriculture farms. All his work in Nepal was in collaboration with the Agricultural ministry and Extension services.

    He has published 12 articles in peer reviewed journals and one study report. Umesh is recipient of the prestigious “Nepal Vidhya Vhusan” gold medal from the president of Nepal in the year 2016 for his excellent academic achievement during his MS in Horticulture from India. In addition, he has received five awards from North Dakota State University and two fellowships from North Dakota Water Resources Institute.

    At Dr. Rattan Lal C-MASC, Umesh is conducting research on measuring soil organic carbon and soil moisture using the device developed by Microsoft and calibrating device based on soil physical characteristics. He will be using drone hyperspectral images and satellite images to map soil organic carbon and moisture at field and farm level. He will work directly with the research team of Microsoft to develop a model to measure and map soil organic carbon at large scale. Umesh is excited to work with the Dr. Rattan Lal C-MASC team and Microsoft. Dr. Rattan Lal was an idol for Umesh and feels lucky and dream comes true to work under his guidance.

  16. Update for Herbert W. Hoover Stark County Projects

    The H.W. Hoover Stark County Projects Team

    By Srabani Das and Kathleen Bridges – We started our Fall soil sampling, field measurements (OSU) and spectroradiometer measurements (KSU at our 14 sites (12 farms and 2 woods) and are towards completion. The rains got in way of the schedule at times, but overall everything worked well.

    As part of the Stark Sustainable Soil Initiative, Camryn Ottey has joined as research assistant and Jimmy Wells has joined as student intern and are helping with work in Fall. On some field days, student volunteers from Malone University have also come and helped. Corn, soybean, and hay are being harvested and the season’s soil sampling: soil corings and bulk density samplings for 0-15 cm and 15-30cm, measurements for soil temperature, volumetric water content, infiltration rate and penetrometer measurements are being carried out at each of the 5 sites for all 14 fields. Additionally, soil color measurements with a Munsell color chart and a mini sensor (NixPro) have also been initiated. The Kent State team are continuing with their measurements of downwelling irradiance, upwelling reflectance for ground and vegetation.

    The soil processing (drying, grinding, and sieving) work is ongoing at the NRCS facility in Stark County. With the purchase of an oven (SSSI), it has become more convenient for drying the soil, instead of making trips to OARDC, Wooster. An albedometer has also been purchased (SSSI) to initiate surface albedo studies in the coming months. Kathleen and Srabani will be in the Columbus the entire month of November to run the soil analyses at the CFAES Rattan Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration laboratory, and the second year of data will be ready by the end of the month.

    Dr. Kathleen Bridges served as the judge at the annual Soil Health Contest organized by the Stark Soil and Water Conservation District. Heather Neikirk and Kathleen received a 5K grant, the Paul C. and Edna H. Warner Endowment Fund for Sustainable Agriculture Interdisciplinary Grant Program for On-Farm Research, to conduct microbial studies earlier this year, analysis for which is now complete. Kathleen and Srabani gave a talk for the Palmer Lecture Series Colloquium, Department of Geology, Kent State University, invited by Dr. Joseph Ortiz.

    Two very productive meetings have already taken place, where the entire team met with Dr. Lal and exchanged ideas and got his input.

  17. World Water Week: Let citizens with smartphones modernize water resources management

    SIWI World Water Week with Dr. Steven Lyon

    By Steve Lyon – Dr. Steve Lyon recently convened a session entitled “Let citizens with smartphones modernize water resources management” at World Water Week. This year’s global event, with 13,000 participants from 188 countries attending the conference, had the theme of Water Security for All. Dr. Lyon’s session enjoyed a panel discussion exploring techniques and possibilities to secure sustainable use and equitable management of water resources through a modernization of monitoring approaches. By leveraging citizen science, novel technologies, and geospatial databases, the session highlighted the hope to unlock the power of data as a central component for climate resilient societies. Interested? Check out the session recording and panel discussion at the following link: https://youtu.be/iD_CArMltLkz

    Dr. Steve Lyon

  18. Corteva and C-MASC: Climate Positive Leaders Program

    Corteva Agriscience

    C-MASC and Dr. Klaus Lorenz are energized to partner with Corteva Agriscience to develop the "Climate Postive Leaders Program." Corteva Agriscience launched  2021 Climate Positive Leaders Program to support farmers and ranchers around the world who have successfully implemented on-farm climate positive practices. The goal is to enhance agriculture with scalable, sustainable practices that leave the land richer for generations to come. "Together, we can make climate positive agriculture productive, profitable, environmentally beneficial, and equitable for farmers and communities."

    On September 8th, the Climate Postive Leaders Program launched its Welcome Celebration, with welcoming remarks and brief introductions from the farmers identified in the nomination-based recognition program as "early adopters in climate positive practices." All the nominees and more details abouut the program can be found here: Corteva Climate Positive Leaders Program.

  19. C-MASC Visiting Scholar Alumna Dr. Su Hao Lecture on Food Security in Ocean University of China

    Dr. Hao Su lectures

    By Hao Su – The 32nd session of the School of international affairs and public administration of OUC Academic Salon was held as scheduled on September 23, 2021. The lecturer of this session is Dr. Su. The topic of the lecture is The New Patterns of Food Security——Rethinking of Who Will Feed the Chinese? This salon was hosted by Associate Professor Yang and more than 50 teachers and students participated in the salon.

    Hao Su and Colleagues

    Dr. Su first introduced the theme of this lecture with Brown’s question of "Who will feed China?" She pointed out that under the inherent national conditions such as the prominent human-land contradiction, the scarcity of cultivated land resources and the deterioration of the ecological environment in China combined with the current situation of Covid-19 epidemics and repeated disasters. China’s food security still face major challenges. Secondly, Dr. Su pointed out that China has established new patterns of food security through the most stringent farmland protection policies, but still faces food waste as well as new issues that cannot be ignored, such as food price fluctuations. Finally, Dr. Su introduced a new path to achieve food security from four aspects: Where to plant? What to plant?How to plant? Who will plant? And how to distribute yield?

    In the interactive comment session, Associate Professor Yang, Associate Professor Yue, Associate Professor Zhou, and Dr. Cui affirmed the background and practical significance of Dr.Su’s research topics. Teachers and students discussed the difference between food security and grain security, the impact of land transfer and scale management on food security, and the fallow crop rotation system, etc.Dr Su responded to the questions, and the discussion was lively on the spot.  Associate Professor Yang Yang summarized the meeting in the end.The academic salon has ended successfully.

  20. Amity University: Top Indian Academic Institution for Patents & Commercialization Award

    By W Selvamurthy – Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India confers “Top Indian Academic Institution for Patents & Commercialization Award” to Amity University. India is emerging as a knowledge superpower in which Amity is making immense contribution by generating new knowledge, securing the knowledge in the form of IPR and translating them into application to the society through industry and commercialization.

    Amity University

    These achievements have been recognized by conferring the National Intellectual Property Award – 2020 upon Amity University as the “Top Indian Academic Institution for Patents & Commercialization” during the ceremony held on August 17, 2021, by Indian Intellectual Property Office under the Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.

    Amity University

    The award was presented by Hon’ble Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, Government of India to Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan, Hon’ble Founder President, Amity Education Group and Dr. Atul Chauhan, Chancellor, Amity University Uttar Pradesh. Accepting the Award, Dr. Ashok K Chauhan, Hon’ble Founder President mentioned that Science, Technology and Innovation is an important tool to lead India to the Global Superpower.

    Amity University

  21. Finding Firmer Ground: The Role of Agricultural Cooperation in US-China Relations 

    By US Heartland China Association – USHCA is proud to announce the release of a special report by the US Heartland China Association and The Carter Center:

    About this report:
    The precursor for this report is the US-China Agriculture Roundtable hosted by the United States Heartland China Association in spring 2021. During this event, diplomats, high-level government officials, CEOs of leading agricultural companies, and leading researchers from the United States and China discussed the present and future of US-China agricultural collaboration. Further research was conducted based on the Roundtable discussion to form this special report. 

    Executive Summary:

    Ever since the normalization of the US-China relationship in the late 1970s, communication, collaboration, and engagement between the two countries has brought mutual benefit. China has provided the United States with an expanding consumer market and low-cost manufacturing, and the United States has provided China with technology, capital, and access to the global market. Bearing a uniquely important connection to China, the United States Heartland continues to play an important role in the bilateral relationship. Not only does the US Heartland depend on China’s increasing demand for food to counterbalance its growing agricultural productivity, but China’s current president, Xi Jinping, has personal connections to the Heartland dating back to when he visited Iowa as a county cadre in the 1980s. During this visit, he and his hosts established a warm friendship, and President Xi later returned to Iowa as China’s vice president in 2012.
    As of August 2021, the US-China relationship is at its lowest in recent history. The Biden administration has continued the trade war initiated by the Trump administration, and China continues to fall behind in fulfillment of its phase one deal purchase commitments. At the same time, the bilateral trade imbalance is worsening. Beyond trade, anti-China sentiments are rising in many segments of US society. Taking a tough approach towards China has achieved rare bipartisan consensus in the United States, and public opinion towards China has reached historic lows.
    In this special report, we review the recent challenges to the bilateral relationship, reflect on the need for the U.S. and China to collaborate broadly in agriculture and identify channels through which the two countries can rebuild their relationship. Our conclusion is that more US-China cooperation in agriculture is needed to achieve goals that are of strategic importance for both countries.

    Foreword excerpt:

    This impressive study and analysis ... adds a significant analytical element to the effort to enhance the Sino - American relationship through increased “Agricultural Cooperation” here in the Heartland of America, the part of the United States that has such a long and illustrious history of leadership in building connections between the Chinese and American peoples. 

    Ambassador Kenneth Quinn (ret.), President Emeritus of World Food Prize, Strategic Advisor of USHCA

    Preface Excerpt:
    The US and China share in a remarkable opportunity for collaboration through agriculture and agricultural exchanges. There exists great potential for economic and agricultural achievements as our two nations work together to find solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.
    Governor Bob Holden, Chairman & CEO of USHCA

  22. C-MASC Visiting Scholar Alumna Simi Mehta

    Dr. Simi Mehta

    By Simi Mehta – Dr. Simi Mehta was a Fulbright Nehru Doctoral Research Fellow at Rattan Lal C-MASC, Ohio State University during 2015-16. Currently she is the CEO and Editorial Director of a start-up policy research think tank called Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), in New Delhi, India. She leads the virtual talk series – Web Policy Talk  : #PlanetTalks – The State of Environment (under IMPRI Center for Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development) and #DiplomacyDialogue-  The State of  International Affairs (under IMPRI Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies), and other productions, including Blogs: IMPRI Insights, IMPRI Books (also available on Google Books and Kindle) and IMPRI Newsletter. Simi is the Managing Editor of the IMPRI flagship journal: Journal of Development Policy Review. She can be reached at simi@impriindia.org.

  23. Palmer Lecture Series Colloquium

    Kent State University

    Dr. Kathleen Bridges and Dr. Srabani Das were pleased to present a lecture on October 1, 2021 for the Palmer Lecture Series Colloquium, Department of Geology, Kent State University, as invited by Dr. Joseph Ortiz. Entitled "Stark Sustainable Soil Initiative: an on-farm research collaboration" they discussed their findings from the last two years of their work under their grants for the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation in Stark County, Ohio. 

  24. DEVEX: Opinion - How soil can save us all

    Image via Devex Photo by: Binyamin Mellish / Pexels

    Perhaps the greatest hope for a more sustainable future lies underfoot: our planet’s soil.

    This week, the first U.N. Food Systems Summit has brought stakeholders together to strategize about bringing positive change to the world’s food systems. Soil health is not only at the foundation of our food systems but remains critical for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  25. John Innes Foundation Lecture

    Rattan Lal for John Innes Foundation at Norwich Institute for Sustainable Development

    At the inaugural John Innes Foundation lecture for the Norwich Institute for Sustainable Development, Dr. Lal was honored to present his lecture, "Managing soils as the foundation for sustainable agriculture: what we need from the UN Food Systems Summit and COP26. 

  26. British Society of Soil Science: Presidential Lecture

    British Society of Soil Science Logo

    Dr. Lal was honored to be given the opportunity to address the British Society of Soil Science in their Presidential Lecture on September 7, 2021.

  27. IASWC Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

    IASWC Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

    The Indian Association of Soil and Water Conservationists, in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of Natural Resource Conservation and Management, is pleased to honour Prof. (Dr.) Rattan Lal by awarding him the IASWC Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2020. 

  28. C-MASC Quarterly Publications

    • Acharya, Umesh, Aaron L.M. Daigh, and Peter G. Oduor. 2021. "Machine Learning for Predicting Field Soil Moisture Using Soil, Crop, and Nearby Weather Station Data in the Red River Valley of the North" Soil Systems 5, no. 4: 57. https://doi.org/10.3390/soilsystems5040057
    • Acharya, Umesh, Aaron L.M. Daigh, and Peter G. Oduor. 2021. “Factors affecting in the use of weather stations data in predicting surface soil moisture for agricultural applications”. Canadian Journal of Soil Science. Just-IN  https://doi.org/10.1139/CJSS-2021-0034
    • Evans, D. L., Janes-Bassett, V., Borrelli, P., Chenu, C., Ferreira, C. S. S., Griffiths, R. I., Kalantari, Z., Keesstra, S., Lal, R., Panagos, P., Robinson, D. A., Seifollahi-Aghmiuni, S., Smith, P., Steenhuis, T. S., Thomas, A., & Visser, S. M. (2021). Sustainable futures over the next decade are rooted in soil science. European Journal of Soil Science, 1– 16. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejss.13145.
    • Kan, ZR., Han, SW., Liu, WX. et al. Higher sequestration of wheat versus maize crop carbon in soils under rotations. Environ Chem Lett (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10311-021-01317-5.
    • Kimani-Murage, E., F. Gaupp, R. Lal, H. Hansson, T. Tang, A. Chaudhary, L. Nhamo, S. Mpandeli, T. Mabhaudhi, D. D. Headey, K. Hirvonen, and K. Afsana. 2021. An optimal diet for planet and people. One Earth 4(9):1189–1192
    • Kumar, R., J. S. Mishra, S. Mondal, R. S. Meena, P. K. Sundaram, B. P. Bhatt, R. S. Pan, R. Lal, K. Saurabh, N. Chandra, S. K. Samal, H. Hans, and R. K. Raman. 2021. Designing an ecofriendly and carbon-cum-energy efficient production system for the diverse agroecosystem of South Asia. Energy 214 (2021).
    • Lal, R. 2021. Feeding the world and returning half of the agricultural land back to nature. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 76(4):75A LP-78A.
    • Lal, R., C. Monger, L. Nave, and P. Smith. 2021. The role of soil in regulation of climate (vol 376, 20210084, 2021). Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B-Biological Sciences: 376(1838).
    • Metha, Simi, R. Lal. 2021. Food and Nutrition Security in India amid COVID-19: Need for Innovation in Urban Agriculture. Urban India. Vol. 41 (1): January-June 2021. 
    • Moonilall, N. I., O. Homenauth, and R. Lal. 2021. Short-term effects of amendments on soil properties and agronomic productivity for a coastal Guyana soil. Tropical Agriculture 97(1):9–31
    • Nath, P. C., A. J. Nath, D. Reang, R. Lal, and A. K. Das. 2021. Tree diversity, soil organic carbon lability and ecosystem carbon storage under a fallow age chronosequence in North East India. Environmental And Sustainability Indicators 10 (2021).
    • Nawaz, A., M. Farooq, S. Ul-Allah, N. Gogoi, R. Lal, and K. H. M. Siddique. 2021. Sustainable Soil Management for Food Security in South Asia. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 21(1):258–275.
    • Ngangom, B., A. Das, R. Lal, R. G. Idapuganti, J. Layek, S. Basavaraj, S. Babu, G. S. Yadav, and P. K. Ghosh. 2020. Double mulching improves soil properties and productivity of maize-based cropping system in eastern Indian Himalayas. International Soil and Water Conservation Research 8(3):308–320.
    • Qian, F., R. Lal, and Q. Wang. 2021. Land evaluation and site assessment for the basic farmland protection in Lingyuan County, Northeast China. Journal Of Cleaner Production 314 (2021).
    • Smith, P., S. D. Keesstra, W. L. Silver, T. K. Adhya, G. B. De Deyn, L. G. Carvalheiro, D. L. Giltrap, P. Renforth, K. Cheng, B. Sarkar, P. M. Saco, K. Scow, J. Smith, J.-C. Morel, S. Thiele-Bruhn, R. Lal, and P. McElwee. 2021. Soil-derived Nature’s Contributions to People and their contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B-Biological Sciences: 376(1834).
    • Srinivasarao, C., S.P. Singh, S. Kundu, V. Abrol, R. Lal, P.C. Abhilash, G.R. Chary, P.B. Thakur, J.V.N.S. Prasad, and B. Venkateswarlu. 2021. Integrated Nutrient Management Improves Soil Organic Matter and Agronomic Sustainability of Semiarid Rainfed Inceptisols of the Indo-Gangetic Plains. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science n/a, no. n/a (August 1). https://doi.org/10.1002/jpln.202000312.
    • Sun, T., C. Zhao, X. Feng, W. Yin, Z. Gou, R. Lal, A. Deng, Q. Chai, Z. Song, and W. Zhang. 2021. Maize-based intercropping systems achieve higher productivity and profitability with lesser environmental footprint in a water-scarce region of northwest China. Food And Energy Security 10(1).
    • Yadav GS, Das A, Kandpal BK, et al. (2021) The food-energy-water-carbon nexus in a maize-maize-mustard cropping sequence of the Indian Himalayas: An impact of tillage-cum-live mulching. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 151: 111602. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2021.111602.
    • Zhao, X., C. He, W.-S. Liu, W.-X. Liu, Q.-Y. Liu, W. Bai, L.-J. Li, R. Lal, and H.-L. Zhang. 2021. Responses of soil pH to no-till and the factors affecting it: a global meta-analysis. Global change biology (2021).
  29. C-MASC Keynote Presentations

    • Bridges, Kathleen and Das, Srabani. 2021. Stark Sustainable Soil Initiative: an on-farm research collaboration. 1 October 2021. Palmer Lecture Series Colloquium, Department of Geology, Kent State University. Kent, Ohio, USA.
    • Lal, R. 2021. GCSE Presentation. 8 June 2021. Session 2.2 of the Transatlantic Symposium. Virtual Transatlantic Symposium: Academic Research Institutions Advancing Sustainability. French Embassy and Global Council for Science and the Environment. Washington, D.C., USA.  
    • Lal, R. 2021.Transformations of the World Food Systems. 28 June 2021. IICA Webinar. Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. San José, Costa Rica.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Future of Voluntary Carbon Markets for Sustainable Agriculture. 18 June 2021. Panelist.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Crop Residue Management and Properties of Some Soils in Ohio. 15 June 2021. Ohio NC-1178 Virtual Annual Meeting Committee. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Sustainable Intensification to Advance Food Security in Africa. 23 July 2021. Tanzania.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Soil Centric Solutions The Triple Challenge of food insecurity, biodiversity loss and climate change. Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit: End Hunger and Nourish All. 26July 2021. Rome, Italy.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Impact of Sustainability on Agriculture’s Future. 28 July 2021. U.S. Grains Council Meeting - Wednesday General Session. Washington, D.C., USA. Online.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Bayer Presentation. 9 August 2021. Bayer OSU – FFAR Enhanced Carbon as a Climate Change Solution. The Ohio State University. Columbus, Ohio, USA.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Managing Soil Health and Restoring Soil Organic Matter for Addressing Global Issues of the 21st Century. 23rd August 2021. Golden Jubilee Celebration. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU). Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Soil Survey and Land Use Planning for Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. 23 August 2021. 45th Foundation Day Event. ICAR National Bureau of Soil Survey an Land Use Planning (NBSS&LUP). Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Soil Centric Green Revolution for Postive Agriculture. 24 August 2021. USFRA Science an Sustainability Council Meeting  U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Chesterfield, Missouri, USA. Recorded.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Returning Some Land to Nature by Producing Enough from Less. 26 August 2021. President’s Lecture. BSSS Annual Conference: From Principles to Practice. British Society of Soil Science. Bedford, U.K.
    •  Lal, R. 2021. Agriculture and Climate Change in Ohio. 30 August 2021. Ohio Corn & Wheat Webinar. Ohio Corn & Wheat. Delaware, Ohio, USA.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Managing Soil as the Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture: What We Need from the UN Food Systems Summit and COP26. 7 September 2021. 1st JIF Lecture. Norwich Institute for Sustainable Development.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Soil Centric Approach to Increasing Food Production in India. Webinar Boosting Nature Positive Production. 13 September 2021. New Delhi, India.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Respectability of the Farming Profession. 16 September 2021. Honoring the Harvest Forum. U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance. Chesterfield, Missouri, USA.  
    • Lal, R. 2021. Holistic Focus on World Food Systems. 21 September 2021. SLYCAN Trust Independent Dialogue. Sri Lanka Youth Climate Action Network. Colombo, Sri Lanka.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Interview. 22 September 2021. Food is the Future – Game Changer Interviews. United Food Systems Summit. New York, New York, USA.
    • Lal, R. 2021. IICA Presentation. 22 September 2021. Living Soils of the Americas: a integrated approach to improve soil health and agrifood systems. United Nations Food Systems Summit Side Event. New York, New York, USA.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Soil Health for Food and Climate. 23 September 2021. Syngenta Soil Health Colliquia – Ag Research & Sustainability. Basel, Switzerland.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Managing Soil Health for Global Crops and Nutrition, Food, and Climate Security. 28 September 2021. ON24 Live Video & Audio Event | Managing Soil Health for Global Crop Nutrition, Food and Climate Security. The Mosaic Company. Tampa, Florida, USA.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Alternate Cropping and Food Systems to Conserve Resources and Address Global Issues. ICAR-IISSR Webinar. 29 September 2021. Meruth, Uttar Pradesh, India.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Soil and Agriculture as Source of Sink of Greenhouse Gases. 29 September 2021. International Symposium: Mitigating Agricultural Greenhouse Gases and Increasing Carbon Sequestration in a Circular Economy. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program II. McGill University. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
    • Lal, R. 2021. La Tribune Presentation. 30 September 2021. La Tribune: Transition Forum 2021. Paris, France.
    • Lal, R. 2021. RACC Presentation. 1 October 2021. Plenary Session 2: Converging Risks: Water Impacts, Desertification, Food Security. STS Forum and Regional Action on Climate Change (RACC13): Confronting Risk Convergence – Buliding resilience to reginoal interactions of climate, biodiversity and public health risks. Tokyo, Japan.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Sustainable Management of Soil Health in Dryland Agriculture for Improving Food Systems and Mitigating Climate Change. 4 October 2021. International Virtual Workshop on Soil Carbon for Sustainable Crop Production in Soil Health Management. Sri Karan Narendra Agriculture University (SKNAU). Jobner, Rajasthan, India.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Soil Health and the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations. 11 October 2021. 2nd General Assembly of International Science Council. Paris, France.
    • Lal, R. 2021. The Role of Private Secture in promoting nature postive agriculture. 12 October 2021. Finance at Countdown | Session 3: How to rapidly scale up flows of capital into the net zero transition.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Soil Health in the U.N. World Food Systems Summit. 13 October 2021. 1st International Workshop on Carbon Markets for Brazilian Tropical Agriculture – Day 1. EMBRAPA webinar. Brasília, Brazil.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Soils Health Management through Restoration of Soil Organic Matter Content. FAO Bangladesh 41st World Food Day. 18 October 2021. FAO Bangladesh. Dhaka, Bangladesh.
    • Lal, R. 2021. Land Grant Mission during the Anthropocene. 20 October 2021. Global Resource System Program Lecture, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA.
    • Lyon, Steve. 2021. Let citizens with smartphones modernize water resources management. 7 September 2021. SIWI World Water Week. Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Stockholm, Sweden. Panel discussion.  
  30. Upcoming Presentations

    • World Food Prize Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue. 18 - 22 October. General Information Here
      • Laureate Lecture for Global Resource Systems. 20 October 4:30pm. In person. Ames, Iowa.
      • Side Event - IICA: Food Systems in the Americas: Challenges and Actions Needed. 21 October 2:00pm EST. Online. Free Registration Here
      • Side Event - Corteva: Transforming the Food System through Climate Positive Agriculture. 21 October 4:00pm EST. Online. Free Registration Here.
      • Side Event - IFDC: A Food Systems Approach to Transforming Africa’s Soil Health: Policy, Science, Implementation and Impact. 22 October 8:30am EST. Free Registration Here.
      • Roundtable 3: Nutrition-Sensitive Food Systems. 22 October 10am EST. In person. Des Moines, IA. 
    • C-MASC Soil Seminars. Biweekly. 22 October 4:00pm EST; 5 November 4:00pm; 19 November 4:00pm; 3 December 4:00pm; 17 December 4:00pm. Online. Join Webinar Here
    • CGIAR: From Research to Resilience Webinar Series. Innovations in soil health monitoring for nature and people. 28 October 8:00am EST. Online. Register Here
      • From the ground up: soil health for climate change mitigation, resilience and food system transformation. 3 November 10:30am EST. Online.
    • 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), Glasgow, U.K. 31 October - 12 November. General Information Here. Online. 
    • 50x2030 Soil Sessions – Strategizing to improve soil health data in agricultural survey. 2 - 4 November. General Informatin Here.  
      • Session #1: Setting the stage – recent directions, lingering gaps, research priorities. Rattan Lal: Sustainable agriculture data: What’s missing, what can be improved, and what needs validation? 2 November 10:00 EST. Online.
    • 2021 ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting: A Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. 7 - 10 November. Online. General Information Here.
    • World Coffee Research Presents: Rattan Lal. 9 November 2021 12pm EST. Online. 
    • Circular Economy for the Sustainable Bio-based Products: From Waste to Soil. Transforming Biowaste into an Asset through Soil Carbon Sequestration. 16 November 9am EST.  Online. 

    • 2021 Soil Management Summit. 14 December 10am EST. Online.