Digital Soil Mapping – SoilGrids

SoilGrids is a system for digital soil mapping based on global compilation of soil profile data and environmental layers. Maps of the following soil properties are available: pH, soil organic carbon content, bulk density, coarse fragments content, sand content, silt content, clay content, cation exchange capacity (CEC), total nitrogen as well as soil organic carbon […]

DNI at the symposium “Rural sustainability in the Asia pacific”

DNI representatives took part in the symposium “Rural Sustainability in the Asia Pacific”, which took place at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand on 22-24 January 2024. The symposium is a scientific event that promotes the convergence of scientific knowledge and practical actions to advance rural sustainable development and revitalisation. The symposium hosts […]

[EVENTS] Nati00ns’ Thematic events

Save the Dates for the Next Thematic Events! “Beyond Gender Barriers in the Agrifood System: Innovative Women Improving Food & Soil Health” will take place online on January 11, 2024, from 10:00 to 11:30 CET. You can register here. “Industry engagement for sustainable soil health: Joining living labs“ will take place online on 18 January 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET. You […]


Join us at the Climate Classroom @ COP28! COP28 is now just two weeks away and we’re very pleased to announce that our flagship initiative “The Climate Classroom” will be returning for an 11th time, complete with a brand-new look! The Climate Classroom offers a free and short interactive learning experience that is designed to […]

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The twenty-first session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 21) to the UNCCD will take place at the Silk Road Samarkand Congress Center, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan from 13 to 17 November 2023. DNI will be represented at CRIC31 by Co-Chair Fei Wang, Mauro Centritto, member of DNI Steering […]

UNCCD data dashboard

 Global funding to combat desertification, land degradation and drought reached $5 billion in 2016-2019.  Ahead of UNCCD CRIC21 in Samarkand, explore more findings from the new UNCCD Data Dashboard!

International Day for Rural Women 2023

Lentil Commercialization in Ethiopia through the Lens of Gender Equity The commercialization of cash crops has long been hailed as a pathway to economic development and improved livelihoods in low- and middle-income countries but is known not to benefit women and men equally. A new study funded by CGIAR’s Sustainable Intensification of Mixed Farming Initiative […]

Global Symposium on Soils and Water (GSOWA23)

 Exciting news! The Global Symposium on Soils and Water (GSOWA23) is taking place in a hybrid format from October 2nd to 5th, 2023. GSOWA23 is a science-policy symposium dedicated to examining the relationship between soil and water for resilient agrifood systems. Key objectives include: Identifying knowledge gaps and management challenges in changing environments. Sharing sustainable […]

Kick-off meeting del progetto SOILS4MED (“SOIL health monitoring and information systems FOR sustainable soil management in the MEDiterranean region”)

Nei giorni 26-28 settembre 2023 nell’incantevole cornice di Porto Conte si è svolto il Kick-off meeting del progetto SOILS4MED (“SOIL health monitoring and information systems FOR sustainable soil management in the MEDiterranean region”). SOILS4MED, un progetto da 4.1 milioni di EURO coordinato da UNISS (Centro NRD) e finanziato dal programma PRIMA, è attualmente il maggiore […]

[call] Open PhD position: Global assessment of non-rainfall water inputs in the world’s desert soils

Field campaigns will be conducted at: The Negev Desert, Israel (main site) / The Atacama Desert, Chile / The Gobi Desert, China / The Sonora Desert, Mexico/USA  / The Western Desert, Australia Required background: We seek candidates with a background in micrometeorology, soil science, environmental science, hydrology, or physical geography, and an excellent command of […]

Prof. Wang Fei at INSAS

Professor Wang Fei gave a Keynote Presentation at the second plenary meeting of the International Network of Salt Affected Soils (INSAS) of FAO in Uzbekistan   The second plenary meeting of the International Network of Salt Affected Soils (INSAS) and the training of the Global Soil Laboratory Network on salt-affected soil analysis was organized by […]


The second DNI webinar “OPPORTUNITIES FOR CLIMATE- RESILIENT DEVELOPMENT ACROSS HIGHLANDS, DRYLANDS AND ISLANDS” was successfully held on the 24th of July 2023. Dr. Nicola Favretto (University of York, School of Environment and Geography) presented a framework to identify enabling factors towards climate-resilient development pathways across highlands, drylands and islands. Watch the webinar’s recording Download […]

DNI Steering Committee member Prof. Quirico Migheli at the CSFD

DNI Steering Committee member Prof. Quirico Migheli participated as the DNI representative in the plenary meeting of the French Scientific Committee on Desertification (CSFD). The meeting took place on 5-6 July 2023 in Montpellier (France), hosted by Agropolis International. The agenda included several initiatives launched by CSFD, such as the active participation in the Great […]

DNI Secretary General prof. Giovanna Seddaiu at the MENAWARA International Conference

DNI Secretary General Prof. Giovanna Seddaiu participated as a panellist at the MENAWARA “International Conference on sustainable water management: the use of non-conventional water in Mediterranean countries” (agenda available here). The conference, which was held in Sassari on July 4th 2023, aimed to gather national and international relevant stakeholders, including public and private authorities to […]