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 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’ Soil Property Prediction Challenge has ended! Stay tuned for the naming of the winners!
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 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 […]
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 […]
Novel methodologies to address pressing challenges in Africa
AfSIS innovations to create Africa’s digital soil map