The CGIAR is a global partnership of research organizations dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger, improving human health and nutrition, and enhancing ecosystem resilience through agricultural research. Consortium for Spatial Information (CGIAR-CSI) is spatial science community that facilitates CGIAR’s international agricultural development research using spatial analysis, GIS, and remote sensing.


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  • CRU-TS v3.10.01 Historic Climate Database for GIS


    University of East Anglia (UEA)’s CRU-TS is one of the most widely used historical climate database. To help facilitate the use of this database in the CSI community, we have converted the raw data into the Esri ASCII raster format.

  • Global Aridity and PET Database


    The Global Potential Evapo-Transpiration (Global-PET) and Global Aridity Index (Global-Aridity) dataset provides high-resolution global raster climate data related to evapo-transpiration processes and rainfall deficit for potential vegetative growth.

  • SRTM 90m Digital Elevation Database v4.1


    The SRTM digital elevation data, produced by NASA originally, is a major breakthrough in digital mapping of the world, and provides a major advance in the accessibility of high quality elevation data for large portions of the tropics and other areas of the developing world.


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  • “Time to model all life on Earth” – Agriculture?


    A recent Nature article discusses the need for developing GCM-like General Ecosystem Models (GEM) to simulate whole ecosystems. We could also voice that it’s “Time to model all agriculture on Earth” (or maybe it’s already past-due).

  • Geographic targeting for the Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) research program.

    RTB Cali Workshop Official Photograph

    Researchers from the GIS labs of IITA, Bioversity International, CIAT and CIP met last week at CIAT headquarters in Cali, Colombia to advance geographic targeting and priority setting for the Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) research program.

  • The New Atlas of Crop Production Constraints and Opportunities


    Genetation Challence Program’s Generation Atlas has been updated using ArcGIS Server technology and aggregating various agro-ecological and nutrition spatial data from various sources to explore crop production constraints and opportunities.


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