This database will be used mainly for poverty and food insecurity mapping, particularly for analysing where the people live
at global scales in relation to:
- Agroecological zones
- Marginal or productive lands
- Major foodcrop production systems, in particular those important to food security for the rural poor.
The FAO/Unesco Legend for the Soil Map of the World (1974) is used as an international correlation system to indicate the
dominant soil unit in each cell.
The dataset is available for download (below) in both ASCII and ESRI GRID formats. A layer (.lyr) and legend (.avl) file
are provided in the downloads. The raster legend included in the zip file shows the units found on the map. There is also
included a .txt and .xls (Microsoft Excel) file which give color and descriptive information relating to the coding systems
used in the Dominant Soils map.