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About the Africa Agriculture Adaptation Atlas

Our Goal

We aim to curate and develop scientific information on climate adaptation in Africa, creating a comprehensive resource for investors, policymakers, and researchers. By organizing data and insights into interactive stories, we hope to create data-rich and accessible ways to inform decision-making and facilitate the development of effective adaptation programs, policies, and investments. We believe that by connecting scientific knowledge to practical, engaging applications, we can deliver the evidence needed to help catalyze and accelerate effective climate change adaptation actions in African agriculture.

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Our Collaborative Vision

The Africa Adaptation Agriculture Atlas intends to be more than another geospatial tool. It is a collaborative effort aimed at surfacing critical data, evidence, and insights for programmatic adaptation decision-makers. We foster partnerships that allow us to create and share delightful data stories. We're about making these stories accessible, ensuring they're not only informative but also easy to act upon. To achieve this, we've deliberately designed the Atlas to be user-friendly and open for reuse. This means lowering the barriers for anyone looking to engage with our data or contribute their own data stories. Our focus is on simplifying access and encouraging the use of our resources to inspire action by creating a platform that not only houses data but also builds connections between initiatives, projects, and institutions dedicated to climate adaptation.

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The Atlas offers three types of information designed to cater to a wide range of needs and interests. First, we have "Data Spotlights," which are interactive data stories that empower users to explore data in a dynamic way to find answers to their specific questions. These experiences allow for a tailored understanding of key concepts and issues through user-driven exploration. New Data Spotlights will be released frequently. Next, "Data Insights" provide concise, compelling reads derived from analyses of the underlying data. These insights aim to reveal striking conclusions about the nexus of climate change, agriculture, and development, offering readers quick yet deep understanding of critical issues. Lastly, "Data in Practice" showcases use cases where partners have applied the Atlas or its foundational data in their programming.


Specific details regarding the data and analytical methods are outlined in the individual Spotlights found within the Atlas. The underlying layers and datasets that form the backbone of the Atlas are accessible in our SpatioTemporal Asset Catalog (STAC). In addition, all data that runs visualizations in the Spotlights are downloadable from the Spotlight itself.


The Atlas is implemented by a consortium of CGIAR centers and partners, led by the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT and in collaboration with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Better Planet Laboratory at the University of Colorado, Boulder and previously the CGIAR Big Data Platform. CGIAR Initiatives including Excellence in Agronomy (EiA) and Livestock and Climate (L&C) as well as programs such as Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA) have contributed data and collaborated on stories to this 3rd evolution of the concept. This site and Observable notebook spotlights concepts were designed and developed in partnership with Periscopic.

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