Collecting soil data in Rwanda and Burundi

During the 80s and early 90s, the soil resources of Rwanda and Burundi were mapped using traditional soil surveys. The soil maps and descriptive and analytical data of soil profiles have been organized into soil information systems.

Now, a harmonized soil legend is developed. Gaps or inconsistencies in soil information are filled through additional soil surveys as well as with Geographical Information System technology. This technology is used to assess soil degradation risk, organic carbon stocks, and agricultural suitability by due consideration of the quality, potentials, and limits of the available data.

For the development of sustainable land use strategies targeting development planning and natural hazard mitigation, decision makers need good baseline soil information. Availability and utility of legacy data is increased to solve agricultural and environmental engineering questions.


Prof. Ann Verdoodt