May 14, 2012 by Cindy Cox

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!

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?

Feb 21, 2012 by Jeff Horwich

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. 

CSIRO and HarvestChoice

Jan 17, 2012 by Carlo Azzarri

HarvestChoice in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) produced a new series of sub-national poverty maps for sub-Saharan Africa ...

Jan 17, 2012 by Carlo Azzarri

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.

Feb 21, 2011 by Lieven Claessens

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.

Sweet potato harvest in Uganda

Jan 30, 2011 by Chris Legg

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.

Drying cassava

Dec 6, 2010 by Jawoo Koo

For crop modeling researchers who are in need of finding soil profiles at regional-scale in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), this post gives a spatial dataset that delineates SSA into 588 units and corresponding soil profiles, based on the WISE v1.1 and HC27 soil profile databases.

How to find a right soil profile for this grid cell?

Sep 29, 2010 by Melanie Bacou

Mapping the global extent of soil constraints to crop growth plays an important role in developing strategies for agricultural production, environmental protection, and sustainable development at regional and global scales. The most widely used dataset is the Soil Fertility Capability Classification System (FCC) developed by Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) and the Tropical Agriculture Program of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Interplay between agro-ecology and poverty prevalence amongst rural households

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