Regional soil profile to be shared globally



The national soil information systems of Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia are to be reviewed under a new project led by the International Center for Agriculture and Biosciences ( CABI).

The project will identify which soil management approaches have worked, which have not worked, which new solutions are working best, and which opportunities exist.

Subsequent information from the three- to five-year soil analysis will also be used to update global data initiatives such as the World Soil Information Service Soil Profile Database and the Global Soil System. soil information, and help support improved design of evidence-based interventions for SIS systems co-created with the global soil data community.

It is supported by $1.07 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in line with its objective to assess opportunities for major national soil information service initiatives in Agra countries through the FAO Global Soil Laboratory Network initiative.

“The findings will help us appreciate how national contexts and the decisions made during their development have affected the success of various SIS interventions,” said CABI’s director of data policy and practice, Martin Parr.

“We want to understand how soil information informs national policies, strategic planning, agronomic management, input supply, etc. said CABI program manager Ruthie Musker.


Meanwhile, Zanzibar has worried about sand depletion, accusing contractors and builders of flouting policy.

“The increase in demand for non-renewable natural resources due to increased economic and social activities indicates the danger of their decline,” Zanzibar officials say in Zanzibar’s 2021 State of the Environment Report. archipelago, but they also blame those in charge who fail. to enforce the law.

The archipelago has huge pits which have been used for licensed sand mining which the report also admits the licensor, the government, has yet to fill in to avert disaster at Uzi, Cheju and Donge in the rural area.

The report focused on non-renewable energy, tourism sector, climate change, water sources, oil and gas, land use, solid and liquid waste on the island of Zanzibar .

Interestingly, offshore and onshore oil and gas exploration activities in the archipelago have had a minor impact on the environment.

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