June 30, 2014
Launch of Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development
To reduce the continent’s continuing poverty and hunger, African smallholder farmers need to significantly and sustainably increase their production. They face considerable challenges, but also great opportunities.
The International Food Policy Research Institute is pleased to announce the publication of the Atlas of African Agriculture Research and Development, a unique compilation of geospatial data that illustrates these diverse challenges and opportunities related to agriculture, poverty, and hunger.
The Atlas—produced in collaboration with a wide range of partners, including geographic information system specialists and agricultural experts at a number of CGIAR centers and other research organizations working in African agriculture—consolidates a wide breadth of data in one package.
Each of more than 30 agriculture-related topics (such as soil fertility, the impacts of climate change, and market access) is illustrated with a map and text describing what the map is telling us, why it is important, and what can be learned from it. In addition, each map points to additional resources from many of the partner organizations.
The Atlas provides policymakers, development planners, and those working with African farmers powerful insights on the current state of African agriculture. It is also available online as part of the e-Atlas initiative at agatlas.org.