Last March at the Africa Agriculture GIS Week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, HarvestChoice team member Kate Sebastian presented the not-so-sneak preview of the Atlas of African Agriculture Research and Development.
The Atlas is intended to highlight the ubiquitous role of smallholder agriculture in Africa; the factors that shape the location, nature, and performance of agricultural enterprises; and the strong interdependencies among farming, natural resource stocks and flows, and the well-being of the poor. A better understanding of the patterns and processes of agriculture development in Africa can contribute to better-targeted policy and investment decisions and, ultimately, to more productive livelihoods for the rural poor.
This initial release is part of a wide-ranging e-Atlas initiative that will showcase a variety of spatial data, tools, and services generated by research and development practitioners working in and for Africa. It will include not only the print Atlas but, as the name suggests, an online resource that will evolve over time in response to changing needs and opportunities. Organized around 6 themes, the preview Atlas includes 10 data summaries, each containing mapped data and supporting text that puts the visual information in context. The full hard copy version, with more than 30 data summaries, is scheduled to be published by the International Food Policy Research Institute in March 2014.
Access the Atlas here.
If you are interested in participating in the e-Atlas initiative, please contact us at eAtlas@harvestchoice.org.