Soil legacy data rescue via GlobalSoilMap and other international and national initiatives


Legacy soil data have been produced over 70 years in nearly all countries of the world. Unfortunately, data, information and knowledge are still currently fragmented and at risk of getting lost if they remain in a paper format.

Rooting for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa


There is a persistent narrative about the potential of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to be a 'grain breadbasket' because of large gaps between current low yields and yield potential with good management, and vast land resources with adequate rainfall.

Mapping root depth soil water in sub-Saharan Africa


Soil root zone plant-available water holding capacity (RZ-PAWHC) is one of the most sensitive soil parameters determining crop growth. This study produced the first map of the rootable depth and the RZ-PAWHC of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

A spatial data infrastructure for storing and exchanging global soil data


A spatial data infrastructure for storing and exchanging global soil data The demand for soil data for agro-ecological and other environmental applications at national, regional and global level is growing; establishing a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) for global soil data is key for connecting soil data holders and serving the user community effectively. Organizations [...]

Mapping of soil properties and land degradation risk in Africa using MODIS reflectance


There is a need for up-to-date assessments and maps of soil properties and land health at scales relevant for decision-making and management, including for properties that are dynamic and hence change in response to management.

Soil information to feed the African soil, crop and people


The ongoing debate about improving food security in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is about how to enrich its soils. A core challenge within the risk-averse smallholder farming systems prevailing in SSA is to judiciously combine mineral with bio-organic nutrient applications and close nutrient cycles to improve soil health, hence crop productivity, with high and preferably known yearly likeliness of direct return on investment.