Dec 19, 2014 by Kate Sebastian - 0 comments

HarvestChoice is all over the newly published, Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development. The atlas highlights the ubiquitous nature of smallholder agriculture in Africa; the many factors shaping the location, nature, and performance of agricultural enterprises; and the strong inter-dependencies among farming, natural resource stocks and flows, rural infrastructure, and the well-being of the poor.

Dec 19, 2014 by Kate Sebastian - 0 comments

HarvestChoice is all over the newly published, Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development. The atlas highlights the ubiquitous nature of smallholder agriculture in Africa; the many factors shaping the location, nature, and performance of agricultural enterprises; and the strong inter-dependencies among farming, natural resource stocks and flows, rural infrastructure, and the well-being of the poor.

Nov 17, 2014 by Carlo Azzarri - 0 comments

How does a potentially devastating disturbance, such as drought or excess rainfall, effect the ripples of trade flow in sub-Saharan Africa? What is the spatial relationship between biophysical characteristics and net exports in a particular country or region? What do historical patterns and spatial variability in the environment, agricultural production, and natural shocks tell us about food distribution and possible mitigation through responsive trade flows? HarvestChoice explores these questions in a recently published chapter included in the flagship publication, ReSAKSS Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR) 2013.

Nov 3, 2014 by Jawoo Koo - 0 comments

"... (A) grand African paradox was beginning to form in Kenya: food shortages and surpluses side by side, simultaneous feast and famine. Drought was spreading in the northern and eastern reaches of Kenya, threatening herders and their livestock. The government declared a food shortage in the country and said it would be necessary to import food, either by purchasing from neighboring countries or inviting food aid, to feed the growing ranks of the hungry. ... At the same time, farmers in the breadbasket regions of western Kenya and the Rift Valley were complaining about the low prices they were receiving for their maize."

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.

Tags: Mapping

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 1, 2014 by Cindy Cox - 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 Liangzhi You - 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 Liangzhi You - 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. 

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