Apr 30, 2015 by Melanie Bacou

HarvestChoice releases over 500 newly-updated indicators for Africa South of the Sahara at 10 km resolution.

HarvestChoice data release r2.5

Apr 15, 2015 by Liangzhi You

Interactive website shows production of 42 crops at ten kilometer resolution.

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.

Mar 16, 2015 by Liangzhi You

By all accounts we will run out of food in the not-so-distant future at our current rate of global food production. New maps help visualize where we can increase food production by capturing the share of cropland around the globe.

Oct 6, 2014 by Carlo Azzarri

It is now possible to map the locations of a project and overlay with a mixture of available fine resolution spatial data from HarvestChoice. The Project Mapping and Monitoring Tool (PMMT) eases the task of project management and monitoring without renouncing sophisticated mapping technology.

Oct 6, 2014 by Jeffrey Dickinson

One of the things we are working on at HarvestChoice is the diffusion of agricultural technologies. A number of papers include maps that show how a technology moves across areas and we have also begun to construct similar maps for Tanzania using agricultural census data. By better visualizing the diffusion of technology throughout Tanzania, we hope that this will spark more conversation about what might be influencing farmer decisions in sub-Saharan Africa.

Aug 25, 2014 by Liangzhi You

In the era of big data, unmanned drones, and satellite remote sensing, our knowledge of crop growing locations remains surprisingly limited. We have even less information on crop yields that vary from plot to plot. While some developed countries have started to map their crops, most developing countries have no such capacity. Information on the distribution and performance of specific crops is therefore mostly available through national or sub-national statistics, which are often too general for a focused analysis. 

Jul 31, 2014 by Maria Comanescu

Each year Esri brings people together from all over the world who share a common interest - to make the world a better place through maps. This year’s Esri User Conference gathered over 16,000 participants in San Diego, California, including 14 representatives from the CGIAR Consortium for Spatial Information (CGIAR-CSI) and HarvestChoice. Participants shared their stories of where with the help of technological innovation in digital mapping, big data, remote sensing, and GIS.

Jul 18, 2014 by Melanie Bacou

As proponents of the open data movement, HarvestChoice works to provide harmonized, spatially referenced biophysical and socio-economic data layers for sub-Saharan Africa. To complement our landscape scale database, HarvestChoice is also leading the effort to capture and geocode the activities of CGIAR centers and sub-regional organizations around the globe.

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.