Oct 6, 2014 by Carlo Azzarri - 0 comments

HarvestChoice recently launched a series of Country Agricultural Snapshots to illustrate the basic characteristics of farming households across a panel of five sub-Saharan African countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda). These non-technical reports include country-level information that allow for cross-country comparisons on a range of important dimensions related to farming and livestock.

Oct 6, 2014 by Carlo Azzarri - 0 comments

HarvestChoice recently launched a series of Country Agricultural Snapshots to illustrate the basic characteristics of farming households across a panel of five sub-Saharan African countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda). These non-technical reports include country-level information that allow for cross-country comparisons on a range of important dimensions related to farming and livestock.

Oct 6, 2014 by Jeffrey Dickinson - 0 comments

One of the things we are working on at HarvestChoice is the diffusion of agricultural technologies. A number of papers include maps that show how a technology moves across areas and we have also begun to construct similar maps for Tanzania using agricultural census data. By better visualizing the diffusion of technology throughout Tanzania, we hope that this will spark more conversation about what might be influencing farmer decisions in sub-Saharan Africa.

Oct 6, 2014 by Carlo Azzarri - 0 comments

It is now possible to map the locations of a project and overlay with a mixture of available fine resolution spatial data from HarvestChoice. The Project Mapping and Monitoring Tool (PMMT) eases the task of project management and monitoring without renouncing sophisticated mapping technology.

Oct 1, 2014 by Anonymous - 0 comments

HarvestChoice is interested in developing global indices that capture the level of sustainable intensification in agricultural systems. We are exploring the utility of Net Primary Productivity (NPP) as a co-indicator of environmental impact and ecosystem services. This post describes the rationale and some of our findings from a pilot study recently completed by our team.

Sep 16, 2014 by Carlo Azzarri - 0 comments

HarvestChoice researchers explore the assumption that owning livestock leads to better nutrition and health outcomes for children and other household members in rural Uganda.

Sep 2, 2014 by Anonymous - 0 comments

The study presented here sheds new light on the link between the occurrence of weather shocks and violence by looking at the case of Sudan and South Sudan. Using geographically-disaggregated data from 1997 to 2009, it finds that higher temperatures greatly affect the risk of conflict.

Aug 25, 2014 by Anonymous - 0 comments

In the era of big data, unmanned drones, and satellite remote sensing, our knowledge of crop growing locations remains surprisingly limited. We have even less information on crop yields that vary from plot to plot. While some developed countries have started to map their crops, most developing countries have no such capacity. Information on the distribution and performance of specific crops is therefore mostly available through national or sub-national statistics, which are often too general for a focused analysis. 

Jul 31, 2014 by Maria Comanescu - 0 comments

Each year Esri brings people together from all over the world who share a common interest - to make the world a better place through maps. This year’s Esri User Conference gathered over 16,000 participants in San Diego, California, including 14 representatives from the CGIAR Consortium for Spatial Information (CGIAR-CSI) and HarvestChoice. Participants shared their stories of where with the help of technological innovation in digital mapping, big data, remote sensing, and GIS.

Jul 22, 2014 by Ulrike Wood-Sichra - 0 comments

Until recently we at HarvestChoice had no idea that people live in NUTS. Within the European Union they have switched from administrative entities as the unit of statistical reporting for each country to sub-divisions, or what they call NUTS. What does this have to do with HarvestChoice? SPAM 2005, one of its flagship products, needs to know the statistical reporting unit in each country for accurate spatial allocation of crop production around the globe.

Jul 18, 2014 by Melanie Bacou - 0 comments

As proponents of the open data movement, HarvestChoice works to provide harmonized, spatially referenced biophysical and socio-economic data layers for sub-Saharan Africa. To complement our landscape scale database, HarvestChoice is also leading the effort to capture and geocode the activities of CGIAR centers and sub-regional organizations around the globe.

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