The Geo-Information Unit uses remote sensing and geographical information system (GIS) to provide geo-spatial analysis and mapping support to icipe's research themes. The Unit also has a research and development thrust, which focuses on four thematic areas:

  • Food Security - mapping of crops and cropping systems.
  • Landscape dynamics – land degradation and deforestation mapping
  • Ecosystem Services (ESS) – flowering patterns and pollination effects
  • Mapping and management of neglected tropical diseases - GPS animal tracking and environmental variables for monitoring disease occurrence and risk zones

Some key highlights among the various activities that the unit is currently working on include:

  • Mapping of flowering patterns using hyperspectral data under the Bee Health project;
  • Global Positioning System (GPS )-based monitoring of animal migration routes in relation to environmental factors and  to understand propagation pathways of Neglected Tropical Diseases; and
  • The Geo-Information Unit also conducts regular training on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing to icipe staff, students and project collaborators.

For more information, contact:

Tobias Landmann (, Head, Geo-Information Unit

 or Jackson Kimani ( )