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

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

Jun 18, 2012 by Cindy Cox

The June 2012 issue of Insights, IFPRI’s quarterly magazine, talks up HarvestChoice’s increasingly popular online tool: MAPPR. So friendly to use that a writer and a graphics designer combined wits to create the MAPPR-generated visuals for the article.

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 11, 2011 by Jawoo Koo

HarvestChoice uses a so-called meso-scale spatial grid typically at 10km or 5-arc minute resolution.

 

Illustration by Mike Shibao, based on imagery from CMMAP.

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

Aug 10, 2010 by Jawoo Koo

Many of HarvestChoice’s spatial analyses are done using raster datasets at various spatial resolutions (e.g., 1 km, 10 km, or 50 km grids).

HCADMIN 1.0

Aug 6, 2010 by Jawoo Koo

To facilitate the exchange of HarvestChoice-developed datasets and analysis results with broader geospatial community, a standard/systematic global grid database was developed for multiple spatial resolutions (from 1 degree to 30 arc-second). The new grid database, called HCID, can be used as a key identifier that links and harmonizes various themes of raster datasets as well as aggregates them even at multiple resolutions. This can be helpful not only for GIS analysts but also for researchers who would need to handle the datasets in relational database management systems.