Farmers in rural Africa often lack important geographical and agricultural information about their land. Sometimes they do not even know the boundaries of their own property. CTED built a GIS agricultural mapping system that allows farmers to precisely map the boundaries of their land and food transportation routes.
Our study is being conducted in farming communities in Hohoe, Ghana. We are working with data collectors who will create maps of farming plots using Android phones that have been loaded with the GIS agricultural application. Participating farmers have granted access to these data collectors to walk around the boundary of their fields and record the crop type. This information will be collected anonymously, and will benefit the farmers by giving them specific information on their land, including plot size, which can help with their management and property values.