Ethiopian soil laboratory infrastructure: CASCAPE scoping mission

G. Bakker, J.P. Okx, M. Assen, T. Solomon

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Food security is one of the main issues in Ethiopia. Large amounts of money are spent on food security programs set up by federal- and regional governments and other organisations. Decisionmakers, as well as researchers, share a dependency upon reliable data on soils, water and crops. The authors of this report believe that the data from the Ethiopian soil laboratories are not reliable enough for decision-making purposes. Ethiopian laboratories need to improve their analytical services. The main problems concern the organisational set-up, and not merely a lack of budgets for facilities. Apart from organisational problems, managerial-, human resources-, technical-, instrumental- and supply issues were identified.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherAlterra, Wageningen-UR
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1566-7197



  • soil
  • laboratory methods
  • soil analysis
  • analysis
  • laboratory tests
  • ethiopia

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Bakker, G., Okx, J. P., Assen, M., & Solomon, T. (2016). Ethiopian soil laboratory infrastructure: CASCAPE scoping mission. (Alterra-rapport; No. 2722). Wageningen: Alterra, Wageningen-UR.