Agricultural research must take into account the tremendous variability of farming contexts. CCRP’s strategies and plans at the program, regional, and project levels should be informed by an understanding of where problems and conditions exist across the regions in which we work. Geographic information systems (GIS) offer tools to analyze and display spatial variability and could enhance the work of many projects that CCRP support. The CCRP regions have made various efforts to utilize spatial analysis to inform their work. Based on the experience to date, it seems that a greater degree of support and coordination is needed to allow grantees, regional teams and other program representatives to effectively utilize GIS methods. This project allows GIS experts to provide coherent support for the use of open-source GIS technologies across the programs, with particular emphasis on the African CoPs. This support will be provided in collaboration with the Research Methods (RM) team and the national GIS experts that are funded and/or are working with CCRP.
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