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.

Nov 3, 2014 by Jawoo Koo

"... (A) grand African paradox was beginning to form in Kenya: food shortages and surpluses side by side, simultaneous feast and famine. Drought was spreading in the northern and eastern reaches of Kenya, threatening herders and their livestock. The government declared a food shortage in the country and said it would be necessary to import food, either by purchasing from neighboring countries or inviting food aid, to feed the growing ranks of the hungry. ... At the same time, farmers in the breadbasket regions of western Kenya and the Rift Valley were complaining about the low prices they were receiving for their maize."

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 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.