Глобальное почвенное партнерство

African Soil Partnership

The African Soil Partnership (AfSP) was established in May 2015. It is composed of the Sub-Saharan countries. African soils are very diverse and have great potential and value for food security and overall sustainable development. However, soil degradation is a serious process that is threatening the region’s soil resources through its various forms and thus is affecting economic development, particularly agricultural production and associated food and nutrition security, provision of ecosystem services and increasing poverty. In this framework, national needs and priorities are translated into regional actions through the AfSP implementation plan, which is revised at the yearly AfSP plenary meetings. 

List of countries

Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Djibouti, DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia. See the list of GSP national focal points.


Chair: Mr. Victor Chude (Nigeria) 

Regional facilitator - FAO HQ: Mr. Hugo Bourhis (GSP Secretariat)

Regional facilitator - FAO Regional Office for Africa: Mr. Sebastian Brahene

The pillar chairs elected are as follows:

 Pillar 1 chair: Ms. Fanosie Mekonen (Ethiopia) 

  Pillar 2 chair: Mr. Ramakgwale Klaas Mampholo (South Africa) 

  Pillar 3 chair: Mr. Martin Yemefack (Cameroon) 

 Pillar 4 chair: to be appointed

 Pillar 5 chair: to be appointed

Recent AfSP events and trainings

Annual meetings


2020 Virtual

Fourth AfSP plenary meeting, Zoom, 28-30 Sep 2020

Event | Agenda 

2018 Rome

Third AfSP plenary meeting, Rome, Italy, 13 Jun 2018

Event | Agenda | Report | Presentations | Photo gallery | Launch of Afrisoils: highlight & presentation

2015 Accra

Second AfSP plenary meeting, Accra, Ghana, 20 - 22 May 2015

EventElmina communiquéReport | Presentations | Photo gallery

2013 Nairobi

Eastern and Southern African Soil Partnership, Nairobi, Kenya, 25 - 27 May 2013

EventNairobi communiqué | Agenda | Report | Presentations | Photo gallery

2013 Accra

Western and Central African Soil Partnership, Accra, Ghana, 4 - 6 Feb 2013

Event | Accra communiqué | Agenda | Presentations | Photo gallery | List of participants



2020 Nigeria

FAO training on Technological Innovations in Soil Science for Nigeria Institute of Soil Science, Nigeria, 3 November 2020
Event | Agenda | Presentations| Recordings

2019 Nairobi

AfriLAB: Regional Soil Laboratory Network for Africa: First meeting, Nairobi, Kenya, 21 - 24 May 2019
Event | Agenda | Presentations | Report | Photogallery

2015 Accra

Digital Soil Mapping for Western and Central African countries, Accra, Ghana, 16 - 27 Mar 2015

2015 Nairobi

Digital Soil Mapping for Eastern and Southern African countries, Nairobi, Kenya, 23 - 27 Feb 2015