Data for land decisions
Data for land decisions
New land, soil and crop (LSC) information services in East Africa

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ABOUT Land Soil Crop (LSC) Hubs

Key features of LSC Data Hubs

National level data

National-level data hub

In Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda, land, soil and crop data from many sources are being consolidated into data portals, or hubs, where these data can be stored, processed and visualized.

Harmonised data

Technology-driven decision tools

LSC Hubs take advantage of the latest data technology so that people who need knowledge about land, soil and crops have the best information possible. These hubs support agricultural decision-making and innovation.

User friendly

Improved accessibility to agricultural data

A land soil and crop data hub links existing data sources and portals to facilitate easier access while maintaining national data ownership.

Information for climate-smart agriculture

These data hubs support diverse practices which help the agricultural sector adapt and build resilience to climate change. The hubs account for changing environmental conditions and facilitate relevant climate change mitigation.

Land, Soil and Crop Information Services to support Climate-Smart Agriculture

The objective of this project is to develop sustainable land, soil, crop information hubs in national agricultural research organizations in East Africa to enhance the effectiveness of national Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS) and contribute to rural transformation and climate-smart agriculture.

The consortium is comprised of three international partners and three national implementing partners in East Africa:

  • ISRIC - World Soil Information
  • Wageningen University & Research
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)
  • Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO)
  • Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB)

This four-year project (2021-2024) is jointly funded by the European Union's Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA) program, The Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a contribution from ISRIC. Read more about the project's theory of change on the  DeSIRA website  and about the project framework on the  ISRIC website.

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THE PROJECT TEAM

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University & Research

The Netherlands

Wageningen University & Research is a collaboration between Wageningen University and Wageningen Research with three core areas of research carried out internationally: 1) food, feed & biobased production, 2) natural resources & living environment and 3) society & well-being.

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ISRIC - World Soil Information

ISRIC - World Soil Information

The Netherlands

ISRIC - World Soil Information is an independent foundation and a custodian of global soil information which they produce, gather, compile and serve together with our partners at global, national and regional levels.

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ILRI

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works for better lives through livestock in developing countries. ILRI is a CGIAR research centre, co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, and provides global research partnership for a food-secure future.

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EIAR

Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)

Ethiopia

As a national research institute, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) aspires to see improved livelihood of all Ethiopians engaged in agriculture, agro-pastoralism, and pastoralism through market-competitive agricultural technologies.

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KALRO

Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)

Kenya

Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) is a corporate body created under the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Act of 2013 to establish a framework for coordination of agricultural research in Kenya that is dynamic, innovative, responsive and well-coordinated.

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RAB

Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB)

Rwanda

The Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) champions the Rwandan agriculture sector into a knowledge-based, technology-driven and market-oriented industry, using modern methods in crop, animal, fisheries, forestry and soil and water management.

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Project Funders

Land Soil Crop (LSC) Hubs are nationally hosted data-driven information services which will enable climate-smart agriculture in East Africa. This project receives generous support from the following entities:

Land Soil and Crop Hubs is funded through the program <a href='https://ec.europa.eu/international-partnerships/programmes/desira_en'>DeSIRA: Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture </a></BR> The objective of the DeSIRA initiative is to contribute to climate-relevant, productive and sustainable transformation of agriculture and food systems in low and middle-incomes countries. Read <a href='https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/desira/wiki/lsc'> DeSIRA project description for Land Soil Crop Hubs.</a>
Land Soil and Crop Hubs is co-funded by the <a href='https://ec.europa.eu/international-partnerships/programmes/desira_en'>European Union.</a>
Land Soil and Crop Hubs is co-funded by <a href='https://www.government.nl/ministries/ministry-of-foreign-affairs'>The Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs.</a>
Land Soil and Crop Hubs is co-funded by <a href='https://www.isric.org/projects/land-soil-and-crop-information-services-lsc-support-climate-smart-agriculture-desira'>ISRIC - World Soil Information.</a>
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