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Various institutions wanting to invest in agricultural production or the agribusiness sectorin the SADC region need information on the quality and location of agricultural resources.Generating agricultural resource information on a regional level provides the challenge ofintegrating vast amounts of information from the various countries, implying storing,retrieving and manipulating it to determine areas best suited to grow a particular crop; orvarious crops that can be grown in a particular area. A Geographical Information System(GIS) has been developed as part of a broader project to assess the agricultural potential ofSADC countries from a physical-biological-climatological point of view. Crop suitabilitymaps obtained from the GIS containing information on resource quality, combined withtransport modelling to add information on transport cost, can be used by private sectorinstitutions for location decisions and the public sector for planning the provision of physicaland social infrastructure. Incorporating resource data of the whole region implies that theavailable data on the climate, topography and soils of most of the SADC countries is coarsewhich only allows analyses on a national and regional level.

Subject(s): International Development

Issue Date: 1998-12

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: Published in: Agrekon, Volume 37, Issue 4 Page range: 375-397

Total Pages: 23

Record appears in: Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) > Agrekon

Autor: Kleynhans, Theo E. ; Vink, Nick


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