Global soil mask map at resolution of 5.6 km representing soil productive areas (defined as areas with LAI >0 in any of the last 10 years). This soil mask map was estimated by using the MODIS long-term series of Leaf Area Index images.
In November 2008, an $18 million grant has been obtained from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to map most parts in Sub-Sahara Africa, and make all Sub-Saharan Africa data available. From this grant there are also funds for coordinating global efforts and for the establishment of a global consortium. Several institutions have assumed a leading role in this effort and have made substantial financial and in-kind contributions.
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