Soil data needs in agricultural extension services (March 26, 2021)

From a soil data point of view, it is extension workers that collect and analyse samples from smallholder farms, manage the process of laboratory analysis, synthesize the results, and prescribe soil management measures on their basis. Thus, extension workers will be the ones who will carry benefits of any soil information system down to the farm level. Read more>>
 

European Commission consults on EU Soil Strategy (February 05, 2021)

The European Commission has launched an online public consultation on the development of a new EU Soil Strategy. This is the last of a set of public consultations on different ecosystems delivering on the specific commitments in the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030.  Read More >> 

Soils4Africa maps agricultural land in Africa (February 03, 2021)

The Soils4Africa project has produced a ‘map of agricultural land of continental Africa.’ The map depicts the distribution of agricultural land (land used for growing crops, grazing livestock, and various other agricultural uses) across the continent. It will be used by the project as basis for the selection of the 20,000 sites where it will collect soil samples, which will be analysed to produce the baseline data for a continental-level soil information system (SIS). Read more>>

Soils4Africa's message on World Soil Day 2020 (December 5, 2020)

The theme of World Soil Day 2020 was 'Keep Soil Alive, Protect Soil Biodiversity'. On the occasion, Soils4Africa's Dr. Rachel Creamer (Chair, Soil Biology Group- Wageningen University) discusses how soil biology is inextricably linked to agriculture. Watch Video>>
 

Why we are building a Soil Information System for Africa  (November 13, 2020)

​Data drives our lives the way Oil once did, leading many to posit that ‘Data is the new Oil.’ At the same time, there are aspects of our lives and regions of the world where  good quality/ actionable data is scarce and/or outdated. A case in point is soil data in Africa, key to ‘Sustainable Intensification’ of agriculture in the continent. Soils4Africa has been conceived to address some key limitations of African soil data; such as lack of standard methodologies, inadequate geo-referencing, insufficient metadata, and a lack of systematic representation of Africa's various agro-ecological zones. Read more>>

Soils4Africa links up with other EU Horizon 2020 projects (November 11, 2020)

​On November 2, several projects funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 “Sustainable Intensification in Africa” topic met to share information about their work and benefit from each other’s expertise. ​As discussions unfolded, a synergy emerged around coordinating soil sample methods so that data can be more easily shared across projects. Read More>>


​​Soils4Africa project kicks off (September 2, 2020)

A 2-day meeting (September 1-2, 2020) marked the kickoff of the Soils4Africa project. In line with COVID-19-related measures across the world, the meeting was virtual. Project partners thrashed out details related to modalities of the project's implementation. Work has already begun on preparation of 'use cases,' or profiles of active/potential soil information users from various sectors (land management, soil research, agriculture, agribusinesses, etc.). These profiles will inform the choice of indicators in the Soil Information System (SIS)​, and various aspects of its usability. (More information on this will be available soon)