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GIS for Agriculture and Food Security Course

INTRODUCTION

High population growth rates and major changes in political and economic and social systems have created an urgent need to develop new and revise many existing agricultural systems and practices to combat increasing food demand. With climate change being a common global phenomenon, humanity continues to grapple with its effects among them being food insecurity, drought, and famine. Agriculture is essentially a spatial phenomenon which is not independent of location.

The three determining factors of food security include availability, access, stability, and utilization. Food availability is associated with geographical and agricultural factors of each area, such as domestic production, import capacity, food stocks, water availability, agriculture land, population density and distribution

GIS is a decision-making tool that utilizes spatial reasoning methods, to identify regions at risk, due to inadequate food and water resources, which are a result of inherent environmental scarcity. GIS provides a set of tools for evaluating and understanding food security. Several strategies have been developed using GIS and remote sensing techniques, which contribute knowledge and understanding of food security.

This workshop will seek to understand GIS techniques that examine local food environments, assess changes in land use and land cover and identify areas of importance in specific regions to determine the relationships between biophysical and socioeconomic attributes.

DURATION

5 Days

OBJECTIVES

At the end of the training, the participants will have a better understanding of

  • Basic concepts of GIS and Remote Sensing
  • A refresher on sustainable agriculture and food security
  • Spatial data sources for agriculture and food security
  • Analysis of spatial agriculture and food security data
  • Creation of food security risk maps

CONTENT

Module 1: Basics of GIS

  • Basic GIS concepts and terminologies
  • Introduction to spatial information
  • Introduction to agriculture and food security concepts
  • Introduction to GIS in agriculture and food security
  • Planning for a GIS system installation
  • Working with a GIS software

Module 2: Basics of Agriculture and Food Security

  • Food Security
  • Food System
  • Food Chain

Module 3: Agriculture Spatial Data Collection

  • Data sources for disease information mapping
  • Mobile data collection using ODK. And KoboToolBox
  • Data collection using handheld GPS devices
  • Integrating GPS and ODK data into a GIS environment

Module 4: Spatial Analysis of Agriculture Related Data

  • Creating yield maps
  • Analysis of precision agriculture data
  • Sharing agricultural information online through web mapping

Module 5: Creation of Food Security Risk Maps

GIS application in Agriculture

  • GIS in yield monitoring and mapping
  • Reporting food security information using GIS
  • Food security early warning systems and drought monitoring
  • Characterizing soil spatial variability
  • Site‐specific soil management: prescription maps
  • Use of GIS and remote sensing in food security analysis

 

METHODOLOGY

The instructor-led pieces of training are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.

ACCREDITATION

Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.

TRAINING VENUE

The will be held at The IRES Training Centre, Nairobi. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Tel: 020 211 3814

PAYMENT

Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 10th May 2019.

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CANCELLATION POLICY

Payment for all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

TAILOR- MADE

This scheduled course can also be tailored to your organization. To find out how our tailor-made training can help your organization, call our team on

Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 13-05-2019
Event End Date 17-05-2019
Cut off date 10-05-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 75,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 878
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 999
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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