Food Security & Development in the Arab World - In Transition?
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IFPRI Policy Seminar "Food Security & Development in the Arab World - In Transition?" presentation by Clemens Breisinger, Senior Research Fellow (IFPRI) at IFPRI on November 7, 2012.

IFPRI Policy Seminar "Food Security & Development in the Arab World - In Transition?" presentation by Clemens Breisinger, Senior Research Fellow (IFPRI) at IFPRI on November 7, 2012.

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  • WHAT IS ARAB SPATIAL? The Arab Spatial Development and Food Security Atlas is a “start-up” initiative of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) that is supported by the International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Policies, Markets and Institutions (PIM) Program of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR). The objective of Arab Spatial is to improve access to quality data and to support decision and policy making for a food secure Arab world.
  • WHAT MAKES ARAB SPATIAL special?Arab Spatial relates food security to development by including 150 variables at national, sub-national and pixel levels, often as time-series data. The multi-layer mapping function allows producing customized maps with up to five indicators simultaneously. The option of choosing satellite view allows zooming in to real world pictures of roads, ports, agricultural land etc. Customized maps can be printed and the underlying data can be downloaded. As an open source and open access database, Arab Spatial can easily be updated and expanded as new data becomes available.
  • Total of 140 variablesCountry-level 50Sub-national regional-level: 34Pixel-level: 91
  • WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?Arab Spatial will be online in December 2012 at www.arabspatial.org. A major expansion of the number of variables and addition of analytical tools are expected in 2013.

Food Security & Development in the Arab World - In Transition? Food Security & Development in the Arab World - In Transition? Presentation Transcript

  • Arab SpatialDevelopment and Food Security Atlas Preview Presenter: Clemens Breisinger Developed by Olivier Ecker, Jose Funes, Perrihan Al-Riffai, Clemens Breisinger, and Spatial Development International; with inputs and support from Kang Chiu, Susana Crespo, Nadim Khouri, Jawoo Koo, Maria Losacco, Jean Francois Maystadt, Jean Francois Trinh-Tan, Nancy Walczak, Liangzhi You, Bingxin Yu, Omer Zafar and others. Supported by:
  • Objectives of Arab Spatial• Improve access to quality information – on food security and related development data – interactive mapping experience and analytical tools• Support decision and policy making – for policy makers, analysts, researchers, media and the public – through a mix of easily accessible information and analytical tools
  • What is special about Arab Spatial?• Emphasizes linkages between food security and development• Focuses on macroeconomic- and micro dimensions• Captures spatial dimension at sub-national levels• Connects data to real world images• Produces multi-layer maps• Prints and export function• Arab Spatial can be easily expanded and updated• Open access
  • Food security and development
  • Data• WDI databank• IMF• WHO• FAO• NASA/NOAA• CGIAR• IFPRI• Etc.
  • Next steps• Going “live” in early December 2012 under www.arabspatial.org• Soft launches in Cairo etc. and online launch• From “start-up” to growth – Add data – Add analytical tools – Expand the network of contributors among national, regional and international organizations