Global Soil Partnership

Soil fertility maps in peri-urban agricultural areas in São Tomé and Príncipe

Project SymbolTCP/STP/3604

Support for updating soil fertility maps in peri-urban agricultural areas in Sao Tome and Principe

Over 80 percent of Afghanistan’s population lives in rural areas, where the main income comes from agricultural production. On-farm management practices are often highly extensive, putting the country’s soils under intense pressure and causing various types of degradation. Available data on Afghanistan’s soils are limited and earlier soil surveys have lacked a systematic approach and standardized methods. Sustainable soil management requires systematic soil data collection through field surveys and the continuous monitoring of soil properties organized into an appropriate data base and soil information system (SIS). The creation of such a system, providing accurate and up-to-date soil information, is thus a high priority, as it will enable sustainable land management at farm level and assist in the efficient monitoring of land degradation processes. Once in place, the Afghanistan Soil Information System (AfSIS) will contain data and information relating to the spatial variability of soil types and soil properties integrated with such natural co-variables as climate, vegetation, geology, relief conditions, hydrology and hydrography. It can be continuously upgraded and extended with new information from the field and will serve as a reference centre for storing all valuable soil data. The aim of the project was to identify, collect, evaluate, synchronize and systematize existing soil and non-soil data into a geodatabase integrating the various data sets. The data stored will enable the application of digital soil mapping (DSM) tools and models for the prediction of spatial distribution of soil properties, the identification of possible threats and pressures, risk assessment and the implementation of measures to mitigate soil degradation processes. The project would also strengthen the technical capacities of the country’s soil science community in the conduct of systematic and standardized field and laboratory soil properties analyses.


Strategic Objective/Organizational Result: This project contributes to the strategic objective SO2 which aims to make agriculture, forestry and fishing more productive and more sustainable

Regional initiative/Priority area: This project is in line with regional priority RI2 which aims at improved management and governance for the sustainable use of natural resources and which was defined at the 27th FAO regional conference for Africa held in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo in April 2012. It also contributes to the achievement of priority axis 2 which recommends supporting the sustainable development and management of natural resources and which was defined during the consultation workshop on the sub-regional priorities of Central Africa held from 08 to 09 December 2015 in Libreville in the Gabonese Republic.

Result of the Country Programming Framework: In relation to STP's PSC, this project contributes well to priority area II which is favorable to sustainable management of natural resources.

Actual EOD: January 2017

Actual NTE: December 2018

Total Budget: USD 461, 000