The work of agricultural researchers and development workers in Africa has the potential to significantly improve the lives of the poor. But that potential can only be realized with easy access to high-quality data and information. The Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development highlights the ubiquitous role of smallholder agriculture in Africa; the many factors shaping the location, nature, and performance of agricultural enterprises; and the strong interdependencies among farming, natural-resource stocks and flows, and the well-being of the poor.
Organized around 7 themes, the atlas covers more than 30 topics, each providing mapped geospatial data and supporting text that answers four fundamental questions: What is this map telling us? Why is this important? What about the underlying data? Where can I learn more?
The atlas is part of a wide-ranging eAtlas initiative that will showcase, through print and online resources, a variety of spatial data and tools generated and maintained by a community of research scientists, development analysts, and practitioners working in and for Africa. The initiative will serve as a guide, with references and links to online resources to introduce readers to a wealth of data that can inform efforts to improve the livelihoods of Africa’s rural poor. To learn more about the eAtlas initiative, visit http://agatlas.org.
Section 1: Political, Demographic, and Institutional Classifications
Public Agriculture R&D Investments
Africa’s Agricultural Research Pool
CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems
Section 2: Footprint of Agriculture
Farming Systems of Africa
Cropland and Pastureland
Livestock and Mixed Crop-Livestock Systems
Land Productivity for Staple Food Crops
Section 5: Drivers of Change
Influence of Aridity on Vegetation
Impacts of Climate Change on Length of Growing Period
Maize Yield Potential
Wheat Stem Rust Vulnerability
Benefits of Trypanosomosis Control in the Horn of Africa
Section 6: Access to Trade
Accessing Local Markets: Marketsheds
Accessing International Markets: Ports and Portsheds