Participatory GIS for Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Food Security in Africa

African countries need adequate data as a basis for formulating and implementing systematic and coherent food security policies and strategies. These countries have national information systems with geospatial information on natural resources and composed of different subsystems (laws, cadastres, databases, etc.). However, these subsystems are neither standardized nor compatible, and the usefulness of the data is limited by their availability, regularity, reliability and completeness. Moreover, the communities targeted by food security policies are not involved in producing and using these data.

This project aims to improve the situation by harnessing the potential of participatory geographic information systems (participatory GIS). Participatory GIS are the tools and processes resulting from a combination of participatory approaches, spatial information and communication management. Under the coordination of ENDA-Tiers Monde and based on a common methodology, six national teams will undertake to improve their information systems on the management of natural resources (water, forests, land) as a basis for formulating food security policies and strategies. The countries involved are: Bénin, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sénégal and Tunisia.

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Start Date

Thursday, February 18, 2010

End Date

Sunday, August 18, 2013


36 months

IDRC Officer

Braun, Heidi

Total funding

CA$ 1,486,000


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Benin, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal, Tunisia


Climate Change

Project Leader



Environmental Development Action in the Third World

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