By Jeroen Huising and Eunice Wangui Mwangi, EU2020-Soils4Africa
Soils4Africa aims to develop a continental-scale Soil Information System, built upon a baseline of primary soil data collected from 20 000 locations across Africa. The project aims to produce a baseline which can be used for informing and monitoring of sustainable intensification in Africa. As part of the process it has mapped agricultural land on the continent.
Good quality soil information is essential for planning the most efficient use of fertilisers, choosing the right seed varieties, and determining the best water management measures for an area.
Existing soil databases for Africa often are compilations