Coming up: “Agriculture – Dirt Poor: Seeking solutions to poverty from the ground up” session at the Global Land and Poverty Summit (28 Sep 2010)

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As was announced at the earlier Africa Agriculture GIS Week 2010, the Global Land and Poverty Summit will be held in Washington, DC, next week (28 Sep 2010). The summit, organized by ESRI, focuses on how to use geographic technology to help solve diverse problems faced by the poor.

We (CGIAR-CSI) are organizing a breakout session “Agriculture – Dirt Poor: Seeking solutions to poverty from the ground up” in the afternoon, led by Stanley Wood (CSI Global Coordinator; IFPRI/HarvestChoice). See more about the session at: http://www.landandpoverty.com/agenda/breakout-2.html

The Agriculture session will highlight on-the-ground success stories from the CGIAR and its partners that demonstrate the impact of land-based improvements in the well-being of poor farm households and the quality of the natural resources on which future rural livelihoods depend. It will emphasize the growing reliance on geo-referenced information and location-specific analysis to improve the targeting, design, monitoring, and evaluation of agricultural interventions. Scheduled presentations in the session include:

·         Stanley Wood (IFPRI): Overview of GIS/RS data/methods used in the CGIAR system

·         Sibiry Traore (ICRISAT): Seeing is Believing – West Africa (SIBWA) http://www.agcommons.org/?p=1268

·         Philip Oshano (ILRI): Payment for ecosystem services for removing enclosures on rangeland

If you’re planning to attend – great, let’s all catch up. If not – no worries; we’ll give you updates on the summit and the presentations afterward.

Cheers,
Jawoo

PS. On twitter? Follow the hashtag #glpsummit

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