Global Soil Partnership


World Agroforestry (ICRAF)

World Agroforestry (ICRAF) is a centre of science and development excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment Leveraging the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information, developing knowledge practices, from farmers’ fields to the global sphere, to ensure food security and environmental sustainability. ICRAF's vision is an equitable world where all people have viable livelihoods supported by healthy and productive landscapes. In 2019, ICRAF and CIFOR effectively merged. CIFOR-ICRAF is a center of research excellence delivering transformative science to create a future with healthy, biodiverse, and productive landscapes – for the benefit of people and the environment. 

Contact(s):  Leigh Winowiecki and Elvis Weullow

Laboratory Capacity

CIFOR-ICRAF has five main research themes. The Soil and Land Health Theme hosts the Soil Plant Spectral Diagnostic Laboratory.

CIFOR-ICRAF has more than 22 years of experience using dispersive vis-NIR, Fourier Transform (FT) mid and near infrared, x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy for predictions of basic and functional soil properties of soils, plants, manure and fertilizers. We have dedicated research staff within the Laboratory and offer analytical services and serve as a research lab to advance soil spectroscopy science. The available instruments include high throughput Invenios S HTs XT and Tensor 27 HTs XT FT-MIR spectrometers (Bruker GmbH, Germany), Multi-Purpose Analyzer (MPA) FT-NIR spectrometer (Bruker GmbH, Germany), Alpha I and Alpha II ZnSe spectrometers (Bruker GmbH, Germany) and Tracer Vi portable (handheld) XRF spectrometer (Bruker GmbH, USA) and Handheld NeoSpec spectrometer.

ICRAF has developed a global vis-NIR, FT MIR , NIR and pXRF soil spectral library. We also host a physical soil archive with over 120,000 geo-referenced soil samples, collected using a systematic data collection methodology, the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework (LDSF). The LDSF is a landscape-level assessment of soil and land health indicators, enabled by soil spectroscopy. These field data are coupled with remote sensing for the production of highly accurate maps Spatial Data Science and Applied Learning Lab (SPACIAL)

Areas of Interest

ICRAF is interested in providing advisory services and capacity development to a number of labs globally, including on spectroscopy lab setup, lab workflows, instrumentations, spectral data analysis and management.


Soil laboratories and Institutes from any country are highly welcome to join SoilSpecNet (SSN) or Collaborate with listed SSN labs and institutes by sending an email to [email protected] and [email protected].