Apr 1, 2015 by Carlo Azzarri

Malnutrition in children and adults results from a number of factors related to the availability and accessibility of quality food as well as the presence of infectious diseases. As such, the spatial relationship between agricultural systems (farming and livestock) and nutritional and dietary outcomes in human population can provide valuable information to aid in the design of appropriate policy interventions.

Dec 31, 2014 by Jeffrey Dickinson

In the 21st century, many people have cell phones. This is true even in Tanzania, the focus of a recent IFPRI survey, where 35% of farm households report having mobile phones in 2007. Using technology, we can reach these farmers in a faster and less expensive way by sending surveys directly to their mobile phones.

Dec 19, 2014 by Kate Sebastian

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

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.

Oct 6, 2014 by Carlo Azzarri

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.

Jul 17, 2014 by Ulrike Wood-Sichra

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

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

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, New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

Sep 27, 2013 by Zhe Guo

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.

Photo credit: IFPRI

Jul 23, 2013 by Cindy Cox

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.