National Soil Information System (NSIS)
Soil erosion and land degradation are major causes of smallholder vulnerability, reducing crop productivity and increasing food security. Accurate information on soil fertility is therefore critical in helping policymakers preserve and rehabilitate key natural resources.
The Ethiopian Soil Information System (EthioSIS), a project launched by the Ethiopian Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) in 2012, is a detailed soil map providing up-to-date soil fertility data. The EthioSIS project gathered and analyzed soil samples from each of Ethiopia’s 18,000 agricultural kebeles, cataloging over 100,000 soil samples, to develop soil fertility maps and fertilizer recommendations for each region.
CSM Tech developed National Soil Information System (NSIS) in association with Africom Technologies has a computerized database containing information about the topography, soils, climate, vegetation, and land use, ideally complemented by compatible databases of socioeconomic factors, and linked to a GIS. The integrated platform of information and recommendation benefits the government in sustainable soil management. To know more about the impact and functionality of the system you can read the brochure on NSIS.
The process flow of the Soil information system includes soil survey/Tagging surveyor and location, soil survey Data/Soil sample collection, soil Laboratory Testing/Analysis, soil Archival Management, Geo-Spatial Database &Geo-portal