CGIAR Consortium for Spatial Information (CGIAR-CSI) is the geospatial science Community of Practice in CGIAR, supported by CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture.

CGIAR Consortium for Spatial Information (CGIAR-CSI) is the geospatial science Community of Practice that facilitates CGIAR’s research using geospatial data and analysis. CGIAR-CSI coordinates community-wide activities to bring CGIAR’s spatial scientists together through collaborative research, capacity building, communications, developing geospatial datasets and publications and convening of various events to share learning and represent CGIAR in the geospatial domain of expertise.

CGIAR-CSI in One Slide (Sep 2017) s2
Sample of our work and activities / Courtesy of ICARDA, IRRI, ICRISAT, and IFPRI

What We Do, Why

Advances in geospatial data science provide CGIAR with a new opportunity to accelerate research and impacts. High-resolution remote sensing imagery and spatially-explicit multidisciplinary datasets help researchers to work more efficiently and effectively than ever before in, for example, mapping agriculture, better targeting investments, real-time monitoring of impacts, and spurring innovations in agricultural research and development by adding location context and intelligence. While it is becoming easier to find and access geospatial data, there are still fundamental challenges in the applications in remote areas where measurement on the ground is not readily available. Limited groundtruthing data can lead to a high degree of uncertainties and estimation biases in analysis outputs. Until this inherent challenge is resolved, we believe the best way for the geospatial science community to keep our research standards and relevance to smallholders’ farming will be through the Community of Practice, where collective knowledge thrives and propagates through the close collaboration and communication with fellow scientists. Not everything we need is in the publication or even the Internet. For many aspects of the unique challenges we face, our colleagues are the best resource for each other to explore options, share learning, inspire innovations, and collectively support CGIAR’s agricultural research and development agenda.

Community Members

Members of CGIAR-CSI include all geospatial scientists across CGIAR. Community-wide activities are coordinately by the Global Coordinator. Center-level activities are coordinated by the Center Representative. Currently (as of October 2017), CGIAR-CSI reaches to 90 members across all 15 CGIAR Centers. If you use geospatial data and analyses in CGIAR, join our community!

Community Partners

We work closely with our external partners in academia, donors, and public/private sectors – including ITC, Esri, Digital Globe, and Geospatial and Farming Systems Research Consortium.