About Us

The Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) is developing continent-wide digital soil maps for sub-Saharan Africa using new types of soil analysis and statistical methods, and conducting agronomic field trials in selected sentinel sites. These efforts include the compilation and rescue of legacy soil profile data, new data collection and analysis, and system development for large-scale soil mapping using remote sensing imagery and crowdsourced ground observations.

The project area includes ~17.5 million km2 of continental sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), encompassing more than 90% of Africa’s human population living in 42 countries. The project area excludes hot and cold desert regions based on the recently revised Köppen-Geiger climate classification, as well as the non-desert areas of Northern Africa.

AfSIS is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is supported by close scientific, operational and implementation partnerships with the Agriculture and Food Security Center and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, the World Agro-Forestry Centre (ICRAF), and ISRIC – World Soil Information.

The project, in addition, works with a wide range of stakeholders across multiple scales as it seeks 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. As such, AfSIS has established key partnerships with the governments of Nigeria, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Ghana and continues to work closely with a number of international bodies through the Global Soil Consortium as well as government research and academic institutions in East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, Oceania, and South America and the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) which combines the resources of 11 CGIAR Centers, The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and numerous international, regional and national partners.