Open access soil data for Africa

As part of our commitment to open access data, we are maintaining a soil analysis dataset for Africa. Our intention is to bring together as much soil data as possible in an analysis-ready format. We use this dataset to train the models that create the iSDAsoil maps. We plan to regularly update this resource with additional soil data.

Contributing data

We are maintaining a GitHub repository at We welcome any pull requests contributing additional data. Alternatively you can get in touch via email.

How can I access the data?

In addition to hosting on Github, csv files containing the data and metadata can be downloaded by following the respective links. New versions containing additional data may be released in future.

Citing this dataset

This dataset is available under a CC-BY-4.0 licence. Please cite using the following DOI:


Many different organizations have contributed to the creation of this dataset. These include:

  • Alliance Biodiversity and CIAT
  • The Earth Institute of Columbia University
  • ISRIC-World Soil Information
  • Rothamsted Research
  • QED

Governments of:

  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Nigeria
  • Tanzania

If you have any further questions about this data release, please get in touch at