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Calendar 2010 - "African Soil"

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This calendar and the related Soil Atlas of Africa is an initiative of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the African Soil Science Society and ISRIC – World Soil Information. The calendar aims to bring African soil to the attention of everyone who deals with this natural, non-renewable resource that is vital for food and fibre production and sustainable development of the environment.

The African environment is diverse, ranging from deserts and seasonally dry regions in the north and the south to tropical rainforests in west and central Africa; from coastal lowlands with mangroves in the west to high mountain ranges in the east. Large parts of Africa, especially in the south and the west consist of plateaus with soils that are millions of years old. Once degraded, soil resources are not renewed easily.

The soil names and terminology used in the calendar are those of the World Reference Base for Soil Resources 2006, a cooperative effort of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, ISRIC-World Soil Information and the International Union for Soil Sciences to arrive at a common language for describing soils.

This calendar highlights the diversity and richness of soil in Africa and may help the reader to understand better the characteristics and potential of various soil types in this part of the world.


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