Soils4Africa workshop: Madagascar youth learn soil information system tools

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The goal of the Soils4Africa project is to develop an open-access soil information system and a methodology for repeated monitoring of the soil qualities of agricultural land across the African continent. At the end of the project, the system will indicate the soil quality data of about 20,000 points located in agricultural land, but country organizations can decide to add more. The IITA-Soils4Africa team, Jeroen Huising and Samuel Mesele, are responsible for the field campaign. The IITA team developed protocols and standard operational procedures for the field survey and survey management, including ODK forms, tools for the field campaign, and a database. The team has trained participants of 12 hubs in one-week workshops.

From 11 to 22 March, the IITA Soils4Africa team, assisted by IITA Madagascar Country Representative Cheick Diarra, held a capacity-building workshop in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

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