Fun and games with global cropland maps

Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)

The CCAFS data and tools team, and the Geo-Wiki Project at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis have collaborated to develop a new game called Cropland Capture.

The game helps scientists provide information for the Geo-Wiki team to improve their map of global cropland. Players provide information by examining Google Earth images online or smartphone and identifying areas of cropland. The Geo-Wiki map is useful for finding information on, for example, major yield gaps that is important for global food security.

“The map can then be used by organizations on the ground that work with farmers to manage their crops better and get more out of each harvest.” Steffen Fritz, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
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