To the Editor — Pedro Sanchez sketched a very optimistic picture for the future of food production in sub-Saharan Africa, and rightfully so. However, he did not stress the need to care for soils, many of which are degraded in this part of the world. This omission of soil management is unfortunate, but far from exceptional; hence, the declaration of 2015 as the International Year of Soils. Here, we outline the importance of soils for the alleviation of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.

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