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While we were brainstorming “big ideas” at a recent working retreat, we stumbled upon the idea of promoting FourSquare as a tool to monitor smallholder farmers’ crop management practices.
Fueled by a commitment to help society, agriculture is on Esri's mind. In fact, the World Bank asked them to write about it for FARMD: The Forum for Agricultural Risk Management in Development. And what did Esri –The global leader in Geographic Information System (GIS) software and geodatabase management applications – write about? HarvestChoice!
Risk: we all know what that means, right? But why is it such a critical part of our HarvestChoice portfolio, what does it mean when you look through the lens of farming in Sub-Saharan Africa?
Whether you work directly with spatial data or simply reap the benefits by tapping into mapped data products, you’ve probably heard of Esri.
Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and HarvestChoice are now working together to apply innovative, “bio-economic” approaches to improve the food security of poor people in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Together, our organizations will merge biological, environmental and economic tools to track global food pests and better target strategic investments to improve global food security.
In previous releases of HarvestChoice 5-arc minute population (up to SChEF r12.03) we relied exclusively on population maps from CIESIN Global Rural-Urban Mapping Project, version 1 (GRUMPv1 at 30-arc second) combined to more recent national estimates from WDI.
HarvestChoice in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) produced a new series of sub-national poverty maps for sub-Saharan Africa ...
Despite a common (trust us, it's not just you) misconception, sweet potato (Ipomoea batas L. Lam) is not at all related to potato (Solanum tuberosum), nor to the true yam (Dioscorea batatas). In fact, they are all quite different. Sweet potato is a root crop, and potato and yams are tuber crops. Even researchers sometimes get confused that their publications mistakenly relate the crop species and data.
What's the reported level of maize yield in Chad? Or, how about for all Sub-Saharan Countries?
What's the time trend of groundnut yield in Ghana? Please be quick; you have one minute to find the answers! OK, good questions.
Cassava is one of the most important staple crops in sub-Saharan Africa, yet it stands out from other crops in many ways. In fact, cassava has been even imposing challenges for us to analyze its production data and modeling growth and productivity. This post briefly explains why.