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

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 […]

The simplicity of light is revolutionising the measurement of soil health

by | February 23, 2015
Category: Blog

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has proclaimed 2015 as both the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) and the International Year of Soils (IYS). The UN has also recognized December 5th, 2014 as World Soil Day. In celebration of these important events, the Soil-Plant Spectral Diagnostics Laboratory of the World Agroforestry […]

AfSIS Kaggle Challenge Complete

by | November 3, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

AfSIS’ Soil Property Prediction Challenge has ended! Stay tuned for the naming of the winners!

Addressing nutrient deficiencies in African soils

by | February 1, 2014
Category: News

The World Agroforestry Centre’s Soil-Plant Spectral Diagnostics Laboratory has launched a new Plant Environment Facility to support screening of soils for crop nutritional deficiencies. The facility is funded by the Finland government under its programme Improving Food Security in West and East Africa through Capacity Building in Research and Information Dissemination – Food Africa, implemented […]

Use case: “Make agro-input recommendations”

by | December 18, 2013
Category: News

Use case summary in context The document describes the steps for recommending agro-inputs (e.g., seed, fertilizers, lime and organic matter) in smallholder farming systems, based on site, cropping system and time specific information and decision analyses. The ultimate goal is to assist individual farmers and/or farmer groups adjust their site-specific input applications to reduce their […]

Are “large-scale, commercial agricultural” expansions possible in Nigeria?

by | December 12, 2013
Category: Blog

Modeling agricultural land expansions There appears to be an on-going movement to expand “large scale, commercial agriculture (LSA)” in Africa that is partially based on a report that asks the question of whether agricultural expansions similar to those that were accomplished in the Brazilian Cerrado would be beneficial in Africa. See one coordinated response to […]

Interview with Khalid Bomba, CEO of the ATA

by | April 10, 2013
Category: Videos

An Introduction to AfSIS

by | February 5, 2013
Category: Videos

Novel methodologies to address pressing challenges in Africa