US: ESRI announced that the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has signed a site license providing its 15 research centres throughout the world with access to ArcGIS software. CGIAR works in collaboration with government, civil society and private organisations to reduce poverty and hunger, improve human health and nutrition and create greater ecosystem resilience. ESRI’s GIS technology will be implemented in the centres to foster programmes for sustainable agricultural growth benefiting the poor.
“This site license agreement will ensure that scientists in every centre have access to the GIS technology they need to continue their important work including the creation of data collections on population, poverty, climate, soils, crops, livestock, transportation and biodiversity,” said Enrica Porcari, chief information officer of CGIAR. “The centers will provide spatial applications that help users more readily see and understand interrelationships between such subjects as urban and rural markets, crop production, deforestation, and soil erosion.”
“The new agreement with ESRI represents a major advance in the ability of CGIAR and its partners to build and share location-specific agricultural and natural resource knowledge products to help overcome poverty and hunger,” says Stanley Wood, coordinator of the Consortium for Spatial Information (CSI) of CGIAR and International Food Relief Program (IFPRI) senior research fellow.