Sustainable soil management is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) under the theme of Life on Land, which was adopted by all UN Member States as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This SDG is a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the environment, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. Soils serve as the foundation for food production as well as many other essential ecosystem services. Sustainable soil management has been shown to help increase food production, improve food nutrient content, and adapt to and mitigate climate change.
Thus, soil conservation and responsible management are critical to eradicating hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition. In recognition of the annual soils meeting, SOILS 2023 will emphasize on “Sustainable Soil Management Towards Food Security and Climate Change”. We look forward to bringing together researchers, academicians, managers, policymakers, and relevant people to discuss their findings and share their experiences related to the conference theme and topics.
Who should attend
The Malaysian Society of Soil Science (MSSS) is a non-government organization (NGO) in Malaysia set up to promote the study of soil science within the context of agriculture/forestry and to champion environmental stewardship. MSSS was founded on 2nd of April 1971 and this year marks its 51st anniversary. MSSS had a humble beginning where it was founded in 1971 by 26 members who were professionals in the area of soil science working in various government agencies at the time.
Since then, it has grown into a full-fledged professional entity and currently, MSSS has more than 1000 registered members since 1971 which include Honorary members, Fellow members, Life members, and Ordinary members. MSSS members comprise professionals working in various sectors within and outside of Malaysia including those in government agencies and the private sectors, as well as public citizens.
MSSS objectives are to promote the study of soil science and to create public awareness on the importance of soil conservation within the context of sustainable land management, to review areas of soil study relevant for national development, and to disburse small grants to needy students and to members attending scientific meetings related to soil. MSSS is actively involved in the Asian Soil Partnership (ASP) and East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies (ESAFS), apart from being a member of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS).
The Faculty of Plantation and Agrotechnology is a new faculty established to play an important role in producing trained professionals in all fields of agriculture and related fields in the country. It was established in July 2010 and continues to move forward in offering various programs related to plantation and agriculture at the diploma, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.
Areas of study offered by the faculty include Farm Management and Agribusiness, Horticultural Technology, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Biotechnology, Crop Protection, Crop Science and Soil Science. The faculty has a high commitment in disseminating, delivering and nurturing intellectual development and research to meet the needs in the changing plantation and agriculture sectors.
New programs will be offered in the future to respond to the government's call to develop highly knowledgeable professionals and entrepreneurs with expertise and skills in the field of plantation.