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Soil Information System for Africa

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 862900

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2020

  • End date

    31 May 2024

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 697 797,50

  • EU contribution

    € 6 697 797,50

Coordinated by:

STICHTING INTERNATIONAL SOIL REFERENCE AND INFORMATION CENTRE

Netherlands

Objective

The aim of Soils4Africa is to provide an open-access soil information system with a set of key indicators and underpinning data, accompanied with a methodology for repeated soil monitoring across the African continent. The soil information system will become part of the knowledge and information system of FNSSA and will be hosted by an African institute. Activities are: (i) define use cases and indicators in consultation with stakeholders; (ii) make a functional design of the soil information system; (iii) develop detailed procedures and tools for the field activities based on the LUCAS methodology and collect 20000 soil samples; (iv) develop detailed procedures for laboratory work and analyse the collected soil samples at one reference laboratory located in Africa; and (v) develop the technical infrastructure for the soil information system and serve the results as open data linked with open EO data. The project addresses the work programme of SC 2 in the following ways. First, it contributes to priority 2 (Fostering functional ecosystems) because the soil information system is a tool to target interventions that improve soil quality and provides insight in the impact of these interventions. Secondly, it contributes to priority 1 (Addressing climate change and resilience on land and sea), as the soil information system will contribute to the assessment of carbon losses from soil and the identification of areas with high potential for soil carbon sequestration. Finally, the soil information system provides a platform for the development of sustainable business models by service companies aiming at the development of sustainable food systems, contributing to priority 3 (Boosting major innovations on land and sea). Soils4Africa is linking with relevant H2020 projects and Copernicus on EO data use. It actively connects organizations across Africa and Europe for synergies and promotes an open science approach.

Coordinator

STICHTING INTERNATIONAL SOIL REFERENCE AND INFORMATION CENTRE

Address

Droevendaalsesteeg 3 - Build 101
6708 Pb Wageningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 716 000

Participants (16)

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 278 762,50

FORUM FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH IN AFRICA, GHANA

Ghana

EU Contribution

€ 281 968,75

SZENT ISTVAN UNIVERSITY

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 158 375

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ARC)

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 1 593 750

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE

Nigeria

EU Contribution

€ 2 222 750

DIABALKANIKO KENTRO PERIBALLONTOS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 36 000

STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 218 266,25

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN AGROFORESTRY

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 268 125

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 131 375

INSTITUT FACULTAIRE DES SCIENCESAGRONOMIQUES (IFA) DE YANGAMBI

Democratic Republic of the Congo

EU Contribution

€ 98 812,50

BUREAU NATIONAL DES SOLS

Burkina Faso

EU Contribution

€ 109 468,75

INSTITUT DES REGIONS ARIDES

Tunisia

EU Contribution

€ 89 531,25

KENYA AGRICULTURAL AND LIVESTOCK RESEARCH ORGANISATION

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 108 231,25

SGS HUNGARIA MINOSEGELLENORZO KERESKEDELMI ES SZOLGALTATO KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 34 750

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 137 756,25

METAMETA RESEARCH BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 213 875

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 862900

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2020

  • End date

    31 May 2024

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 697 797,50

  • EU contribution

    € 6 697 797,50

Coordinated by:

STICHTING INTERNATIONAL SOIL REFERENCE AND INFORMATION CENTRE

Netherlands