Global soil laboratory assessment 2020: laboratories’ capacities and needs

  • 01/12/2021
  • FAO

This document is based on the answers provided by soil laboratories to the survey “global assessment on laboratory capacities and needs” (see Annex II), which was conducted by the Global Soil Laboratory Network (GLOSOLAN) under the framework of the Global Soil Partnership of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Online surveys are known to be the best and fastest way to collect information for large-scale monitoring and evaluation. In 2018, a first global survey was launched by GLOSOLAN to collect information to consolidate the objectives of the network and define its work plan in terms of standard operating procedures for harmonization. The survey discussed in this report aimed at collecting information on laboratories’ training and equipment needs and at assessing the capacity of laboratories to satisfy national demands in soil analysis. In this regard, questions were not laboratory specific but country oriented. These data will serve to improve the GLOSOLAN work plan in terms of activities, budget allocation and provision of country-specific political support. It can also help to mobilize financial resources and to develop better nationally and regionally oriented work plans on soil laboratories.