Biodiversity, Conservation, Climate Change, & Water

Geospatial Mapping of Foodsheds and More

For emerging urban centers in developing countries to achieve a safe, secure and sustainable food supply in 2030 under conditions of climate change, they will increasingly rely on their own higher education systems in agriculture and related sciences to "scale-out" global scientific discovery and invention to adapt and adopt agricultural innovations appropriate for their foodsheds, watersheds and energysheds.


Cornell University has advanced the notion of local foodshed simulation modeling and mapping for 125 population centers in New York using Geographic Information Systems software available on the Internet. A key development challenge is to build on this concept of modeling and geospatial mapping of foodsheds to also address the issues of water and energy and transfer this analytical technology to developing countries to enable them to identify the key discipline and networks for investments in higher education institutional and human capacity strengthening.



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Idea No. 97