[TZGISUG] Soil map of Africa data layers

Mike Shand Mike.Shand at glasgow.ac.uk
Mon May 27 19:44:08 EAT 2013

Hi Steve,

I am pretty sure that they have used the Tanzania GIS shapefile that is 
downloadable from the ILRI website <>, which 
is based on the FAO Classification.


On 27/05/2013 15:07, Steve Ball wrote:
> Hi All,
> My eye was caught by this announcement that featured in a recent 
> e-newsletter from TNRF:
> *_African Soil Diversity Mapped for the First Time_*
> By Bernard Appiah
> AllAfrica.com 20^th May 2013
> http://allafrica.com/stories/201305201275.html 
> <http://tnrf.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=10f7cad1da82f6755dd87887f&id=e8089ea43f&e=cfbe8bae8f>
> “A team of international experts has drawn up the Soil Atlas of Africa 
> - the first such book mapping this key natural resource - to help 
> farmers, land managers and policymakers understand the diversity and 
> importance of soil and the need to manage it through sustainable use. 
> They say that despite soil's importance, most people in Africa lack 
> knowledge about it, partly because information about it tends to be 
> confined to academic publications read only by scientists.
> "There was an existing database on soil that had not been updated by 
> soil science experts from Africa, so we asked them to provide us with 
> new information, which we translated into a form understandable to key 
> stakeholders," says Arwyn Jones, a member of the soil team at the Land 
> Resource Management Unit of the European Commission's Joint Research 
> Centre, which produced the atlas.”
> Does anyone know anything about the detail on this? The EU hosting 
> page 
> (http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/library/maps/africa_atlas/index.html) 
> features PDF download options but no GIS data sets so far as I could see.
> cheers, Steve
> ________________________________________________
> Steve Ball
> Chief Technical Adviser
> Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative
> www.mpingoconservation.org

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