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Spatially-disaggregated crop production statistics data released for Sub-Saharan Africa for 2017

Press Release 27 Jul - 14:55 SAST

Spatially-disaggregated crop production statistics data released for Sub-Saharan Africa for 2017

Press Release 27 Jul - 14:55 SAST

Information from CGIAR Consortium for Spatial Information

Supported by CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) published a new version of Spatially-Disaggregated Crop Production Statistics Data for Sub-Saharan Africa for 2017. This new regional update, available to download from the IFPRI Dataverse, marks the fourth generation of the data series.

The Spatial Production Allocation Mode (MapSPAM) database provides key crop production indicators, including area, production, and yield, for 42 crops, spatially-disaggregated on 10 km grids in CSV/DBF and GeoTIFF formats. Over the years IFPRI released three major updates (for 2000, 2005, and 2010) and a number of minor releases. This Sub-Saharan Africa-focused update incorporated the latest crop production statistics data and a number of new geospatial input data layers.

The IFPRI’s MapSPAM team works closely with CGIAR’s crop commodity-focused centres (e.g. CIMMYT for maize and wheat, AfricaRice and IRRI for rice, IITA and CIAT for tropical crops such as banana, plantains, and cassava, CIP for potatoes, and ICRISAT for sorghum, millet, and pulses) to collect data, review model results, and improve overall data quality.

All data files and documentation are openly provided as a global public good through IFPRI’s data repository on Dataverse. The methodology of MapSPAM has been reviewed and published as peer-reviewed journal articles and technical documents. A number of initiatives and academic journal articles are already using the data as their basis of analysis.