"The Geojournalism Handbook is part of the portfolio of the Environmental News Lab (Ecolab), a multidisciplinary team hosted at Brazilian non profit news agency O ECO working to create useful applications for environmental coverage. The online toolkit was created in partnership with ICFJ, Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the Flag It! Project. It will be a resource for Flag It! participants in Brazil, Nigeria, the Philippines and Romania."
"A digital soil–health surveillance system, launched on 13 January in Nairobi, will enable soil scientists to map areas at risk of soil degradation and facilitate appropriate interventions that could help to curb food insecurity across the continent.
Undertaken by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the 'first ever' detailed digital map for 42 countries combines the latest soil science and technology with remote satellite imagery and on–the–ground efforts to develop an online map.
According to CIAT, this digital map of the continent's depleted soils will offer insights crucial for boosting food production. It will help provide solutions for poor farmers who suffer from chronically low–yielding crops due to degraded soils."
(IRIN, 13 Jan 2009)