Use of GIS and remote sensing in food security analysis

Training Course
Indepth Research Services, Training and Research) (IRES)
13-16 May 2013
Kenya (Nairobi)
Sportsview Hotel, Kasarani

Food security is defined as "when all people at all times have both physical and economic access to sufficient food to meet their dietary needs for a productive and healthy life". This definition further notes that three distinct variables are central to the attainment of food security: availability, access, and utilization. These variables are interrelated.

The main purpose of the course is to enhance the capabilities of technical staff involved in Food Security Analysis by providing them with an understanding on the use of spatial and Earth Observation (EO) information as a complimentary tool in Food Security Analysis.

Participants acquire hands-on skills in application of geographical information system (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) in Food Security Analysis, and learn to work with, aerial photographs, satellite images and digital maps that are the key to a better understanding of Food (In) Security Scenarios. This leads to better informed decision making, whether it is at the community, provincial, national, NGO, private sector enterprise or public sector institutions.

Program content:

  • Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Food Security Concepts and Frameworks
  • Communicating Food Security Situations with GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Comprehensive Food Security Assessment and Analysis with Geodata (Nutrition, Market, Livelihood, HH, Vulnerability and Baseline)
  • Population targeting with GIS and RS
  • Food Security Early warning systems and drought monitoring
  • Food Security Systems and Networks
  • Reporting Food Security Information using GIS
  • Down scaling and interpreting Remote Sensing Information
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure for FSA
  • Mobile Data Gathering for field assessments/Surveys using Open Data Kit and Nokia Data Gathering
  • Guided Exercises and Field tours


The training is not aimed at any specific GIS and Remote Sensing software products, but will provide a practical, hands-on GIS problem solving, by making use of Free Open Source and commercial GIS Software such as ArcGIS, Quantum GIS, ILWIS,PCRaster, Google Earth, Google MapMaker and Open Data Kit (ODK).

The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials, group work and study visits. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.

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Event fee

KES 55,000 or US $ 799

What is included in the event fee

Fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

Target audience

The course is targeted at professionals who require knowledge and skills on the use of GIS and Remote Sensing in their organizations in the field of Food Security Analysis.

How to register

To apply for this course kindly register online. For more details email the training department.

Deadline to register is 29 April 2013


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