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Research Project: Land-Potential Knowledge System - LandPKS

Location: Office of International Research Programs

Project Number: 0210-22310-004-81-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 30, 2013
End Date: Sep 29, 2018

To support long-term, sustainable increases in productivity and biodiversity conservation through land-use planning and better land management.

LandPKS will support long-term, sustainable increases in productivity and biodiversity conservation by: • Collecting, sharing and integrating local and scientific knowledge about the potential productivity, biodiversity and resilience of specific types of land for local, regional and global application. • Increasing access of governments, farmers and pastoralists to local and scientific knowledge from all over the world that is relevant to specific types of land. • Promoting social innovation by connecting farmers with similar land types and access to inputs for peer-to-peer learning. • Promoting evidence-based, on-farm technological innovation through both social innovation and by increasing the ability of farmers and other land managers to compare and share the successes and failures of new technologies on similar types of land. • Increasing gender equality by providing women farmers improved access to knowledge and information, even where their physical movement is limited. LandPKS will integrate information from existing natural resource databases with field data and local knowledge collected by local partnering institutions. Cellphone technologies will assist in data collection and peer to peer information sharing. Geospatial analysis, mapping and decision tools will support land use planning, climate change adaptation strategies and targeted interventions by government authorities and decision-makers. Pilot implementation to be carried on in Northern Kenya and Namibia per the SOW agreed to between USAID and ARS.