IFPRI experts to have major presence at leading geospatial event

July 10, 2011

Led by IFPRI senior researcher Stanley Wood, the CGIAR’s Consortium for Spatial Information(CGIAR CSI), which brings together geospatial researchers—those who gather, analyze and synthesize map-based data—from IFPRI’s 14 sister centers, will have major representation at a leading geographic information systems (GIS) event.

The week-long Esri International User Conference in San Diego (July 11-15) will draw around 14,000 GIS experts and users from around the globe to discuss the application of GIS software to a wide range of fields—from national security to agricultural development. The CGIAR is being showcased in a special conference theme on environmental sustainability.
CGIAR CSI will host an information booth and lead five sessions. The sessions include: Climate Change and Agriculture: Assessing Impact and Adaptation Options; Intercomparison of Spatial Datasets: Implications for Agricultural ResearchHigh Resolution Imagery for Smallholders: the Backbone of Next Generation Agricultural Information SystemsFacing reality in developing countries: Working with research partners with limited resources; and Spatial downscaling/disaggregation of datasets for food security analysis.

Wood also heads IFPRI’s HarvestChoice program, which generates knowledge products to help guide strategic investments to improve the well-being of poor smallholders families in sub-Saharan Africa through more productive and profitable farming. He is joined in San Diego by other HarvestChoice and IFPRI researchers Jawoo Koo, Zhe Guo, Jose Funes, and Susana Crespo.