CIAT and ICRAF are “good news” for Africa – The Economist

27 November, 2009 by (comments)

The work CIAT and its CGIAR sister-center the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) to digitally map African soils has drawn praise from leading current affairs magazine, The Economist.

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The article Harvest Moon describes some novel uses of satellite technology to analyze and improve agricultural productivity. It explains how satellites can record electromagnetic radiation reflected by farmland to establish a “radiation signature” of land-use and soil properties.

It goes on to describe the work of CIAT and ICRAF in analyzing these radiation signatures from African soils, in order to provide small farmers with accurate, up-to-date agricultural information.

“For a hunger-ravaged continent, that is good news indeed,” it says.

Links:

African Soil Information Service (Afsis)

Global Soil Map could transform agriculture – CIAT Blog

Global Soil Map

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