Using geospatial technology to strengthen data systems in developing countries: the case of agricultural statistics in India

Naik, G., Basavaraj, K.P., Hegde, V.R., Paidi, V. and Subramanian, A. (2013) Using geospatial technology to strengthen data systems in developing countries: the case of agricultural statistics in India. Applied Geography, 43, pp. 99-112. (doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2013.06.002)

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Abstract

Despite significant progress in the development of quantitative geography techniques and methods and a general recognition of the need to improve the quality of geographic data, few studies have exploited the potential of geospatial tools to augment the quality of available data methods in developing countries. This paper uses data from an extensive deployment of geospatial technology in India to compare crop areas estimated using geospatial technology to crop areas estimated by conventional methods and assess the differences between the methods. The results presented here show that crop area estimates based on geospatial technology generally exceed the estimates obtained using conventional methods. This suggests that conventional methods are unable to respond quickly to changes in cropping patterns and therefore do not accurately record the area under high-value cash crops. This finding has wider implications for commercializing agriculture and the delivery of farm credit and insurance services in developing countries. Significant data errors found in the conventional methods could affect critical policy interventions such as planning for food security. Some research and policy implications are discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Subramanian, Dr Arjunan
Authors: Naik, G., Basavaraj, K.P., Hegde, V.R., Paidi, V., and Subramanian, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:Applied Geography
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0143-6228
ISSN (Online):1873-7730
Published Online:13 July 2013
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Elevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Applied Geography 43:99-112
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
581661Information, market creation and agricultural growth.Arjunan SubramanianEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/J009334/1BUS - ECONOMICS