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Rapid, low-cost technologies generate high-value soils information for planners and farmers

by | October 7, 2016
Categories: Blog, News

By Keith Shepherd Soil samples awaiting infrared scanning at the CGIAR’s Soil-Plant Spectral Diagnostic Laboratory based at ICRAF. Photo by Keith Shepherd/ICRAF A big, risky decision for smallholder farmers is what type and how much fertilizer to apply to their crops. There is lot of uncertainty about how the crops will respond, with a risk […]

Scientists use technology to shine a light on Africa’s farms

by | October 7, 2016
Categories: Blog, News

October 6, 2016 By Ed Sulzberger, Tiff Harris and Keith Shepherd Nairobi, Kenya – Portuguese explorers began mapping the African coastline in the 15th century in an effort to dominate the international spice trade. Those early maps, though crude, had a profound effect on Africa’s history and the wellbeing of her people. Today, a new […]

ISRIC Spring School 2016 Wageningen UR from 9 – 13 May 2016

by | February 19, 2016
Category: Events

5-day training course on soil mapping, classification and assessment for soil and environmental scientists.  Introduction to world soils, soil databases, software for soil data analysis and visualisation, digital soil mapping and soil-web services. Deadline for registration: 21 February 2016

Data revolution

by | January 23, 2016
Category: Blog

How Much Data? Rapid advances in technology have dramatically lowered the cost of gathering data. Sensors in space, the sky, the lab, and the field, along with newfound opportunities for crowdsourcing and widespread adoption of the Internet and mobile telephones, are making large amounts of information available to those for whom it was previously out […]

New cropland and rural settlement maps of Africa

by | June 7, 2015 | 2 Comments
Category: Blog
Cropland biome probability map.

Quantifying the geographical extent, location and spatial dynamics of croplands and rural settlements provides essential information for managing our food production systems and their socio-economic, health, environmental, and ecological impacts. We have been working on an approach for mapping, and potentially monitoring, the spatial distribution of Africa’s cropland biome and its associated rural settlements. The […]

Launch of the Ghana Soil Information Service (GhaSIS)

by | April 30, 2015
Category: Blog

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for Ghana held a two day workshop in Accra from 22-23 April 2015 to launch and plan the Ghana soil information service (GhaSIS). The work shop was co-organized by the Soils Research Institute and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The workshop took place at […]

Rapid, low-cost technologies generate high-value soils information for planners and farmers

by | April 21, 2015
Category: Blog

A big, risky decision for smallholder farmers is what type and how much fertilizer to apply to their crops. There is lot of uncertainty about how the crops will respond, with a risk that the farmers will even lose when they harvest and sell the produce. Testing the soil beforehand and knowing how plants will […]

Global Soil Week 2015: Soil. The Substance of Transformation.

by | April 15, 2015
Category: Events

3rd Global Soil Week 2015: Soil. The Substance of Transformation, 19- 23 April 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Soil is inextricably linked to human and ecosystem health and crucial if we are to ensure food, water, and energy security for nine billion people by 2050.

AfSoilGrids250m Released!

by | March 10, 2015
Category: Blog
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The AfSoilGrids250m maps were produced using an automated system for soil mapping and make use of ISRIC’s Global Soil Information Facilities framework. Spatial predictions have been generated using a combination of random forests and geostatistics (see scheme). In this framework, accuracy of predictions is constantly improved as the new data arrives (hence predictions are constantly […]

Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) Planning Workshop

by | February 25, 2015
Category: Events

On February 12 and 13, 2015, a planning workshop was held in Arusha, Tanzania. The goal of the meeting was to highlight the successes and achievements under the transition grant and develop concrete work plans for 2015. Those in attendance included AfSIS team members and collaborating institutions as well as representatives from national partners. Workshop […]