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.

Jul 22, 2014 by Ulrike Wood-Sichra

Until recently we at HarvestChoice had no idea that people live in NUTS. Within the European Union they have switched from administrative entities as the unit of statistical reporting for each country to sub-divisions, or what they call NUTS. What does this have to do with HarvestChoice? SPAM 2005, one of its flagship products, needs to know the statistical reporting unit in each country for accurate spatial allocation of crop production around the globe.

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 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 22, 2013 by Cindy Cox

Open Data is a hot topic in agricultural development–so hot that G8 leaders are holding an International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture on April 29 and 30. The following day, May 1, IFPRI will share its own wealth of Open Data at "D8".

Aug 9, 2012 by Ulrike Wood-Sichra

This post is part of a series on HarvestChoice data methodology. Today’s tool: the Crop Reporter.

May 22, 2012 by Jawoo Koo

While we were brainstorming “big ideas” at a recent working retreat, we stumbled upon the idea of promoting FourSquare as a tool to monitor smallholder farmers’ crop management practices.

Feb 11, 2012 by Ulrike Wood-Sichra

SPAM2000 (any version) is based on a large set of data which centers as much as possible on the year 2000: land cover / land use (Boston University’s MODIS-derived land cover 2000 and JRC’s GLC2000), crop suitability (Global AEZ Zones 2000 by FAO and IIASA), irrigated areas (FAO and CESR of University of Kassel), population density (CIESIN), and, most importantly, national and sub-national crops statistics for 2000.

Feb 16, 2011 by Jawoo Koo

What's the reported level of maize yield in Chad? Or, how about for all Sub-Saharan Countries? What's the time trend of groundnut yield in Ghana? Please be quick; you have one minute to find the answers! OK, good questions.