, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
This project provides global area, production and yield maps for 40+ major crops at 5 by 5 minutes resolution.
Using a variety of inputs, IFPRI's Spatial Production Allocation Model (SPAM) uses a cross-entropy approach to make plausible estimates of crop distribution within disaggregated units. Moving the data from coarser units such as countries and sub-national provinces, to finer units such as grid cells, reveals spatial patterns of crop performance, creating a global grid-scape at the confluence between geography and agricultural production systems. Improving spatial understanding of crop production systems allows policymakers and donors to better target agricultural and rural development policies and investments, increasing food security and growth with minimal environmental impacts.
SPAM 2010: Updated global crop data aid in food policy decisionsMar 26, 2019
Review finds fundamental gaps and new opportunities for world’s agricultural monitoring systemsNov 15, 2018