Other Meetings


Poverty Mapping Workshop

  • Organizers: FAO, UNEP and the CGIAR-CSI
  • Dates: 9-13 August 2004
  • Venue: San Diego Convention Center (ESRI User Conference), California, USA
  • Three paper sessions under the theme of Sustainable Development and Poverty Mapping, and a Special Interest Group meeting were held at the 2004 ESRI User Conference:
    • Case studies: The final conclusions from the case studies performed in Mexico, Ecuador, Nigeria, Malawi, Kenya, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were presented by the investigators in paper session and with posters, see the paper sessions below.
    • Map Gallery: The ESRI Map Gallery features more than one thousand posters and multimedia presentations, as well as special exhibits. The exhibition will be opened on the evening of August 9th and open for the duration of the conference. The Poverty Mapping consortium presented a group exhibition with case study results, a project presentation as well as related information from the partners at FAO, CGIAR and UNEP.
    • Sessions:
      • Special Interest Group Meeting – Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Affairs
      • Moderated paper session – Sustainable Development Plenary-Poverty Mapping: Spatial Analysis for Poverty Reduction (Panel participants: Dr. Dietrich Leihner, Director of Research, Extension and Training Division, FAO; Dr. Enrica Porcari, Chief Information Officer, CGIAR; Dr. Peter Lanjouw, Development Economics Research Group, World Bank; Dr. Maarten Immink, Coordinator, Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Information and Mapping Systems)
    • Papers
      • Afghanistan: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow? (Bonita Chamberlin, Institute For Continuing Education)
      • Mapping Poverty and Nutrition in Nigeria (Christopher Legg, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture)
      • Spatial Analysis of Food Poverty in Ecuador (Andrew Farrow, CIAT)
      • Locating Population and Poverty: A Call for Participation (David Rain, George Washington University)
      • Spatial Variation of Rural Poverty in Bangladesh (Suan-Pheng Kam, Int. Rice Research Institute)
      • Spatial Clustering of Rural Poor in Sri Lanka (Upali Amarasinghe, International Water Management Institute)
      • Targeting Investments for Poverty Reduction: Tools for Decision Makers (David Healy, Stone Environmental Inc.)
      • Why the Poor in Rural Malawi Are Where They Are (Todd Benson, International Food Policy Research Insititute)
      • Rural Poverty in Mexico – The Spatial Dimension (Dave Hodson, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center)
      • Better Understanding Livelihood Strategies and Poverty Through Livelihood Assets Mapping (Patti Kristjanson, ILRI)
      • Poverty Alleviation Through Geographic Targeting: Does Disaggregation Help? (Peter Lanjouw, The World Bank)
      • Review of Poverty Mapping Case Studies at the Country Level (Glenn Hyman, International Center for Tropical Agriculture)
      • A Global GIS Database for Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Mapping (Ergin Ataman, Food and Agriculture Organization)


Global Spatial Data and Information User Workshop: Development, Dissemination, and Use

    • Organizers: CIESIN, FAO, UNEP, WHO, and CGIAR
    • Co-Sponsors: CODATA and SEDAC
    • Dates: 21-23 September 2004
    • Venue: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, New York, USA
    • Website: http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/GSDworkshop


Geospatial Applications to Support Sustainable International Agriculture

  • Date: 28 May 2002
  • Venue: USGS EROS Data Center, South Dakota, USA
  • Website: http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/GSDworkshop
  • Background: In common with most information technologies, use of geographic information systems (GIS) raises concerns over intellectual property (IP) both for data sets and software tools. Additional legal issues, especially liability and protection of privacy, also appear. In international agriculture and natural resource management, concerns over legal implications of use of data and software frequently restrict the distribution and use of spatial data and analytic tools, which otherwise might be viewed as public goods that should be freely available. Given the broad potential for GIS and related technologies to improve the efficiency of research and development activities, any such restriction is of obvious concern. Furthermore, in a parallel to IP discussions in crop improvement, specific data sets or tools have substantial commercial value (including in-non agricultural fields), and judicious management of IP might permit leveraging additional resources (e.g., through exchange of products or services) or be essential to ensure freedom to operate. In discussions on improving collaboration in use of GIS among CGIAR centers and NARS, the Consortium for Spatial Information (CGIAR-CSI) has identified legal issues in GIS as a major concern, particularly in exchange of spatial data and tools. While a full review of legal issues in GIS is beyond the capabilities of the CSI, a commissioned study was thought to an effective vehicle for producing basic recommendations that would facilitate international collaborations in GIS. To link this work to broader expertise on intellectual property issues, the CGIAR Central Advisory Service on Intellectual Property (CAS-IP) was invited to co-develop the review document and assist with this one-day workshop.
  • Documents: ”Legal Issues in the Use of Geospatial Data and Tools for Agriculture and Natual Resource Management: A Primer”