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Soil information system of Africa

In Africa, significant amounts of soil nutrients are lost every year due to inappropriate or unsustainable soil management practices.

Did you know that the Montpellier Panel has estimated that :

  • the economic loss in Africa due to poverty, climate change, population pressures and inadequate farming techniques is about 68 billion USD per year. This is considered to partially be the result of insufficient use of soil management knowledge.

To help bridge the soil information gap on the African continent, ISRIC - World Soil Information, in collaboration with the Earth Institute, Columbia University, World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), has produced predictions of various soil properties for the whole African continent at 250 m spatial resolution at multiple standard soil depths. This product is referred to as the "AfSoilGrids250m" data set and is one of the main deliverables in 2015 of the Africa Soil Information Services project (AfSIS).

ABOUT: AfSIS project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), aims at improving the way that soils are evaluated, mapped, and monitored, while at the same time significantly reducing the costs to do so.

Read the full article, explore the new tool, have a look at the data at the following link