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 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 9, 2013 by Kate Sebastian

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.

Apr 17, 2012 by Jeff Horwich

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?

Dec 16, 2010 by Jawoo Koo

Long-term yield trials are great resources for agricultural researches in multiple disciplines, but such dataset have not been readily available in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Hatfield Experimental Farm in Pretoria, South Africa, is an exceptional case that has been providing maize yield and fertilizer trial dataset with 32 treatments since 1939. In collaboration with University of Pretoria, HarvestChoice facilitated the re-discovery of raw yield dataset from the trial to study the measured long-term yield variability.

Long-term maize trial plots at the Hatfield Experimental Farm, U of Pretoria

Sep 17, 2010 by Jawoo Koo

Many of HarvestChoice spatial datasets are organized and released on 10-km grids. To make spatial analyses easier for researchers (even without having access to GIS platform), we put data layers from multiple themes together in one denormalized big table. This post describes the methodology and presents a prototype.

Layered information on a grid cell

Aug 13, 2010 by Kate Sebastian

Growing seasons define the period of time when temperature and moisture conditions are suitable for crop growth.

growing seasons

Aug 2, 2010 by Jawoo Koo

Water availability is the most critical factor for sustaining crop productivity in rainfed agriculture. Even if a drought-tolerant trait is introduced, water isn't available to crops when there is no water in the soil. Rainfall variability from season to season greatly affects soil water availability to crops, and thus pose crop production risks.