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Cereal grain mineral micronutrient and soil chemistry data from GeoNutrition surveys in Ethiopia and Malawi

Kumssa, D. B.; Mossa, A. W.; Amede, T.; Ander, E. L.; Bailey, E. H.; Botoman, L.; Chagumaira, C.; Chimungu, J. G.; Davis, K.; Gameda, S.; Haefele, S. M.; Hailu, K.; Joy, E. J. M.; Lark, R. M.; Ligowe, I. S.; McGrath, S. P.; Milne, A.; Muleya, P.; Munthali, M.; Towett, E.; Walsh, M. G.; Wilson, L.; Young, S. D.; Haji, I. R.; Broadley, M. R.; Gashu, D.; Nalivata, P. C.


A. W. Mossa

T. Amede

E. L. Ander

Associate Professor

L. Botoman

C. Chagumaira

J. G. Chimungu

K. Davis

S. Gameda

S. M. Haefele

K. Hailu

E. J. M. Joy

Professor of Geoinformatics

I. S. Ligowe

S. P. McGrath

A. Milne

P. Muleya

M. Munthali

E. Towett

M. G. Walsh

L. Wilson

S. D. Young

I. R. Haji

D. Gashu

P. C. Nalivata


The dataset comprises primary data for the concentration of 29 mineral micronutrients in cereal grains and up to 84 soil chemistry properties from GeoNutrition project surveys in Ethiopia and Malawi. The work provided insights on geospatial variation in the micronutrient concentration in staple crops, and the potential influencing soil factors. In Ethiopia, sampling was conducted in Amhara, Oromia, and Tigray regions, during the late-2017 and late-2018 harvest seasons. In Malawi, national-scale sampling was conducted during the April–June 2018 harvest season. The concentrations of micronutrients in grain were measured using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Soil chemistry properties reported include soil pH; total soil nitrogen; total soil carbon (C); soil organic C; effective cation exchange capacity and exchangeable cations; a three-step sequential extraction scheme for the fractionation of sulfur and selenium; available phosphate; diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA)-extractable trace elements; extractable trace elements using 0.01 M Ca(NO3)2 and 0.01 M CaCl2; and isotopically exchangeable Zn. These data are reported here according to FAIR data principles to enable users to further explore agriculture-nutrition linkages.


Kumssa, D. B., Mossa, A. W., Amede, T., Ander, E. L., Bailey, E. H., Botoman, L., …Nalivata, P. C. (2022). Cereal grain mineral micronutrient and soil chemistry data from GeoNutrition surveys in Ethiopia and Malawi

Other Type Other
Acceptance Date Jun 28, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 25, 2022
Publication Date 2022-12
Deposit Date Jul 27, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 28, 2022
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Keywords Library and Information Sciences; Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty; Computer Science Applications; Education; Information Systems; Statistics and Probability
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