In September 2020, at the Alliance for a Green Revolution for Africa’s (AGRA) African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), the African Union Commission (AUC) issued a call to create a Soil Initiative for Africa (SIA) as an ambitious effort to improve the condition of the Continent’s soils. Improved soil condition will be achieved by scaling proven technologies (including expanded fertilizer application) in order to improve productivity for poor farmers and, in many cases, sequester greenhouse gases by putting in place policies, programs, and institutional structures (i.e., an effective soil management system for Africa) needed to improve and maintain soil fertility across Africa into the future. The AUC charged FARA (Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa) and the other xPillar4 agencies (CORAF, ASARECA, CCARDESA, and AFAAS ) to develop a design and plan for the Initiative. Accordingly, FARA has established a working group (the SIA Working Group) to take on this complex task. Several international donors have shown interest in this effort. In taking leadership for the SIA, the SIA Working Group is collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a package of three documents to describe and Soil Management System for Africa, the SIA, and how it will be implemented:
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The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is the apex continental organization responsible for coordinating and advocating for agricultural research for development (AR4D). FARA serves as the technical arm of the Africa Union Commission on matters concerning agriculture science, technology and innovation.