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The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Land Cover Atlas









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    The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Land Cover Atlas 2016
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    The Land Cover Atlas of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was initially prepared in the framework of the FA O Government Cooperative Programme under the auspices of the project on “Strengthening Agricultural Economics, Market Information and Statistics Services”. The project was formulated upon the request from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and funded by the European Commission. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FA O) provided technical assist ance as the executing agency in close cooperation with all parties.
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    The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan soil atlas
    Volume 1: Maps derived from soil survey of twenty-six districts of nine provinces
    2020
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    The Afghanistan Soil Information System (AfSIS) project, funded by FAO core budget, has completed soil surveys, analyzed soil samples, and mapped soil in nine provinces of Afghanistan. This Afghanistan Soil Atlas is the culmination of this work. This Atlas details soil properties, soil types, key nutrients in soil, and threats to agriculture from degraded soil in nine provinces, as well as selected national soil maps. This Atlas will help policymakers and land users better plan crop plantations, target irrigation designs, and create better climate change mitigation, and natural resource management strategies. The project data and methodology was comprised of field soil profile studies, laboratory soil analyses, and geo-data information. Soil profile site selection considered natural factors influencing soil formation, total land area, and available financial resources. The locations of soil profile sites were preloaded into GPS-enabled mobile or tablet application in order to guide the surveyors to the exact point in the field. During fieldwork, the selected soil profiles including 2-3 soil surface samples were studied according to the FAO Soil Profile description standards. Soil laboratory analysis methods were mostly those, which are favorable for arid and semi-arid region. The new national soil maps created from this data are on 1:200,000 scale, while provincial-level maps are on 1:50,000 scale.
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    The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Agro-Ecological Zoning Atlas
    Part 1: Agro-climatic indicators
    2019
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    Agriculture is crucial for the national economy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Adoption of new strategies for agriculture monitoring, rural land use planning, and management are urgently required to reduce hunger and poverty and to assure sustainable food and feed production for future generations. The availability of reliable information on natural resources and agriculture for its monitoring and analysis is indispensable to the development and implementation of such strategies. For this purpose the project “Strengthening Afghanistan Institutions’ Capacity for the Assessment of Agriculture Production and Scenario Development” (GCP/AFG/087/EC), funded by the European Union (EU), is implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Within the context of this project, FAO and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) are developing a National Agro-Ecological Zoning activity (NAEZ) in Afghanistan. This Atlas is the first of two books and provides the collected information and maps of the country based on the agro-climatic Indicators.

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