CIAT has announced that they will initiate a four year programme that will focus on soil health in Africa. They will be taking soil samples from over 40 African countries with the aim of analysing the nutrients found. The information gathered will then be made available through an interactive online map, known as the African Soil Information Service (AfSIS).
CIAT’s Nairobi-based Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility (TSBF) Institute will lead the effort. The new digital soil map will ultimately be developed as part of a global soil mapping initiative, which will be called GlobalSoilMap.net.
This project will assist farmers, extensionists and policy makers at all level to have access to information that was not previously available and will contribute to improving food production. An example where such information could be useful is the case of Malawi – only one type of fertilizer is used for Malawi’s maize crops but perhaps that one type of fertilizer isn’t optimal for the many different types of soil that are found in the country. The information gathered from this project will provide assist farmers to make a more informed choice.
Read more about this important initiative from the CIAT Pressroom.