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.

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.

Jul 17, 2014 by Ulrike Wood-Sichra - 0 comments

Characterizing global production systems just got easier. IFPRI/HarvestChoice has updated SPAM, from circa 2000 to centering on the year 2005. That’s right; SPAM 2005 is out for release and freely available to the public. That means more accurate and up-to-date spatially disaggregated crop production statistics and more of it.

Jul 16, 2014 by Ulrike Wood-Sichra - 0 comments

Capturing the heterogeneity of VoP (Value of Production) across sub-Saharan Africa in a spatially explicit way is another example of what we do at HarvestChoice. Because informed decision making in agricultural development doesn't just rely on knowledge of important indicators, but a geographical context of where.

Oct 7, 2013 by Naomie Sakana - 0 comments

HarvestChoice is bringing together user-friendly tools, analytical know-how, and layers of big data to tell the story of where in sub-Saharan Africa and inform investment decisions as part of the G-8 initiative, (em)New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition(em).

Sep 27, 2013 by Joe (Zhe) Guo - 0 comments

Photo credit: IFPRI

To every crop there is a season with optimal times for planting, sowing, and harvesting. Precisely documenting these times in a Crop Calendar through time and space, however, remains a challenge, particularly at small scales such as the pixel. But pixels are what HarvestChoice is all about.

Aug 15, 2013 by Ulrike Wood-Sichra - 0 comments

It may get stuck in your junk folder, confused with a tin of mysterious food, or buried in a Google search (try adding a few more key terms), but for now the name sticks (and sticks in your memory); SPAM (Spatial Production Allocation Model) is not getting a new name anytime soon. That’s just one of the items key players discussed at a recent SPAM workshop.

Jul 23, 2013 by Cindy Cox - 0 comments

Dr. Maction Komwa from George Mason University is a visiting scientist at HarvestChoice, IFPRI. The team recently sat down with Maction and discussed his research looking into labor constraints in African agriculture. The results are this blog post describing some of his findings and an upcoming inclusion in HarvestChoice’s flagship study on agricultural constraints in sub-Saharan Africa.

Jun 17, 2013 by Joe (Zhe) Guo - 0 comments

Maps describing Earth's land cover tell different stories. Which should we believe?

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