11.08.21

Remote sensing for irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa: Promises and pitfalls

By Jean-Philippe Venot This blog has been re-posted from Thrive https://wle.cgiar.org/thrive/2021/06/08/remote-sensing-irrigation-sub-saharan-africa-promises-and-pitfalls There is growing demand for sustainable development policy that is data driven, but our unprecedented and increasing capacity to generate large volumes of quantitative data also requires a much greater consideration of the ways these data are generated and interpreted. This, after all, determines if and […]

15.07.21

How do you make remote sensing data work for diverse small-scale farmers and pastoralists in diverse African contexts?

By Brittany Bunce and Maurice Beseng Figure: Pastoralists near the Sudanese village of Gallabat, close to the Metema border crossing with Ethiopia. (Photo credit: Brittany Bunce) In the last two decades, there has been a growing appeal to use data derived from Earth Observation (EO) to support sustainable development policies in Africa, especially in the […]

22.07.20

Coronavirus impacts: a difficult year ahead? Initial research findings from the ‘Livelihood impacts of coping with Coronavirus in rural Africa’ (CwC) project

By the CwC team Please see below for the Portuguese summary – por favor veja abaixo um sumário em português Photo Credit: Andrew Kingman, 2020 As we reported in our first project blog post, we have been setting up our research project on ‘Livelihood impacts of Coping with Covid-19 in rural Africa’ (CwC). We have […]

05.05.20

Ghost towns and crackdowns: The politics of urban Covid-19 control

By Tom Goodfellow and David Jackman As different responses to coronavirus are implemented around the world, cities have come sharply into focus. One city will forever be associated with the unleashing of Covid-19, and cities account for the most dramatic infection rates. For obvious reasons, urban areas are seen as constituting the most threatening environments for the transmission of […]

09.03.20

Rural Poverty and Rural Assets

Evidence from Tanzania Poverty and prosperity are multi-dimensional. Using single indicators of poverty will produce distorted pictures of well-being. We show that, in rural Tanzania, one of the most common measures of poverty can systematically exclude important forms of wealth. We also show that, while the perspective change in assets offers is useful, assets are […]

24.04.19

Data Science Africa

This article reports a conversation that took place between SIID Fellow Dr Mike Smith, and Tẹjúmádé Àfọ̀njá. Data Science Africa is a workshop and summer school that takes place each year in both East and West Africa. It began as a Gaussian Process summer school organised by the team in the AI Lab at Makerere, Uganda […]