2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils to finally make land degradation a priority for donors and aid implementers. A leading expert on the issue tells us how a breakthrough may be achieved by linking research to farmers and involving the private sector.

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  • Elena L. Pasquini

    Elena Pasquini covers the development work of the European Union as well as various U.N. food and agricultural agencies for Devex News. Based in Rome, she also reports on Italy's aid reforms and attends the European Development Days and other events across Europe. She has interviewed top international development officials, including European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs. Elena has contributed to Italian and international magazines, newspapers and news portals since 1995.