The Africa Soil Information Service provides continent-wide digital soil maps and decision-support applications for sub-Saharan Africa, using new types of soil analysis and statistical methods.
The online portal africasoils.net provides practical, timely and cost-effective soil health surveillance services that can help map soil conditions, set a baseline for monitoring changes, develop global standards and methodologies and provide options for improved soil and land management in Africa. Building on recent advances in digital soil mapping, infrared spectroscopy, remote sensing, statistics, and integrated soil fertility management, the service has potential to improve the way that soils are evaluated, mapped and monitored, while significantly reducing associated costs.
The scientists leading the development of this tool are also conducting agronomic field trials in select sites and collaborating with wide ranges of stakeholders, seeking to develop demand-driven products and services, support the institutional development of national soil services and build capacity and awareness for the improved management of natural resources.
The World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) is a founding member of the Africa Soil Information Service and supports the service through its Soil-Plant Spectral Diagnostics Laboratory.
Visit the Africa Soil Information Service portal.
- Land health surveillance and response: a framework for evidence-informed land management. Authors: Shepherd, K.D., Shepherd, G., Walsh, M.G.
- Infrared spectroscopy—enabling an evidence-based diagnostic surveillance approach to agricultural and environmental management in developing countries. Authors: K. Shepherd and M. Walsh
- More Land Health Decisions publications from WLE partner, the World Agroforestry Centre