GIS and remote sensing in climate change, agriculture and food security

Training Course
Indepth Research Services (IRES)
09-13 Dec 2013
Kenya (Nairobi)
Sport view Hotel Kasarani


Climate change is an unprecedented threat to the food security of hundreds of millions of people who depend on small-scale agriculture for their livelihoods. Climate change affects agriculture and food security, and likewise, agriculture and natural resource management affect the climate system. These complex and dynamic relationships are also shaped by economic policies, political conflict and other factors such as the spread of infectious diseases.

There is a need to promote a food-secure world through the provision of technology-based efforts that support sustainable agriculture and enhance livelihoods while adapting to climate change. In order to develop practical solutions for agriculture in the face of climate change, we need to

The main purpose of the course is to enhance the capabilities of technical staff involved in Food Security Analysis, climate analysis and agriculture by providing them with an understanding on the use of spatial and Earth Observation (EO) information as a tool to integrate knowledge about climate change, agriculture, and food security in a meaningful and innovative way.


The training is designed for participants who are reasonably proficient in English. It is an advantage, but not a prerequisite, that the participants have prior knowledge in Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change Adaptation and a basic working knowledge in GIS and Remote Sensing technologies.

Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.

10 Days

By completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts of GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Understand concepts and main frameworks in Food Security Analysis
  • Understand concepts and main frameworks in Climate Change Analysis
  • Understand concepts and main frameworks in Agriculture
  • Understand the relationship between climate change, agriculture and food security
  • Apply GIS and Remote Sensing as Decision support tool for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
  • Use GIS information in planning FS interventions through spatial multi-criteria analysis
  • Assess spatial data availability and understand the importance of spatial data infrastructure (SDI), for data sharing by organizations involved in CCAFS
  • Apply GIS and RS for designing implementations of large scale early warning systems
  • Use participatory GIS (PGIS) tools during assessments at community level
  • Apply remote sensing data and image processing techniques to monitor select CCAFS indicators
  • Integrate use of NDVI, VPI and DMP, RFE and other satellite products for CCAFS indicators monitoring
  • Use mobile phones to gather data during field assessments/surveys by designing and using mobile data gathering systems using Open Data Kit and Nokia Data Gathering platforms
  • Design and implement their own GIS projects that integrate remote sensing data, GPS-based field information, and CCAFS Frameworks and analysis in a proper geospatial and cartographic framework


Training Overview

  • Food Security Concepts and Frameworks
  • Food Security Systems and Networks
  • Agriculture concepts and frameworks
  • Comprehensive Food Security Assessment and Analysis with Geodata (Nutrition, Market, Livelihood, HH, Vulnerability and Baseline)
  • Observed Climate Change and Impacts
  • Climate Predictions and Major Sources of Uncertainty
  • Climate change mitigation and Adaptation Practices and Resilience

Introduction to GIS

  • What is a GIS?
  • Importance of GIS
  • Major Areas of Practical Application
  • Economic impact
  • Maps and Cartography
  • What is a map?
  • Cartographic abstraction: selection, classification, simplification, exaggeration, symbolization
  • Map types: reference and thematic
  • Computer cartography vs. GIS
  • GIS vs. paper maps
  • Map elements: distance, scale, direction, legend, projection, coordinate system
  • Scale, accuracy, and resolution in GIS


The training will be facilitated by experienced GIS, Remote Sensing, Food Security Analysts, Agriculture and climate experts with many years of experience working with re-known organizations.

Software vendors, academic institutions and other leading agencies in CCAFS Analysis, GIS and Remote Sensing in the region will also make presentations.


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.


All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


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


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email: training

Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before 25th November 2013. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Kindly send proof of payment to [email protected]


Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.
No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

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Event fee

The standard course fee is KES 150,000, or US$ 2000. This 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 and agriculture.

How to register

To apply for this course kindly register online in our website before C.O.B. 18th November 2013.


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