On 20th December 2013 the United Nation Assembly designated the 5th December as the “World Soil Day” because it corresponds with the official birthday of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great, who was one of the main proponents of this initiative. Since 2014, the international community celebrates the World Soil Day in recognition of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great’s tireless personal commitment to the cause of soil, especially in agriculture. The remarkable achievement of His Royal Initiative Projects, particularly in soil management, brings about many benefits to the well-being of the Thai people and the sustainability of the environment, and also responds to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), in ending hunger and achieving food security.
This year, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) campaign of "Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity" aims to raise awareness of the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being. By encouraging people around the world to engage in proactively improving soil health, the campaign also aims to fight soil biodiversity loss.
In this regard, activities have been organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation of Thailand and the United Nation to promote and raise awareness of the importance of soil as an entity towards agriculture development, nutrition and food security at the national and international level to address the challenges of rising pace in population growth.