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December 4th, 2018 / CGIAR

The Africa Soil Information Service provides continent-wide digital soil maps and decision-support applications for sub-Saharan Africa, using new types of soil analysis and statistical methods.

The online portal provides practical, timely and cost-effective soil health surveillance services that can help map soil conditions, set a baseline for monitoring changes, develop global standards and methodologies and provide options for improved soil and land management in Africa. Building on recent advances in digital soil mapping, infrared spectroscopy, remote sensing, statistics, and integrated soil fertility management, the service has potential to improve the way that soils are evaluated, mapped and monitored, while significantly reducing associated costs. Read more