GIS Kenya

Lead Organization:

Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization

Partner Organizations:

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya, University of Eldoret, Africa Maths Initiative

Community of Practice:

East & Southern Africa


Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda




Over the past three years, and within the framework of a community of practice (CoP), the GIS-Kenya project has helped to mainstream spatial thinking within CCRP projects, as well as in Kenya’s national agricultural research organization (KALRO) and universities offering GIS degrees.This new phase of the project aims to advance CCRP and KALRO researchers’ abilities to move beyond simple mapping to perform spatial analysis using advanced methods and the increasingly available free and open access data. This would enhance agroecological intensification (AEI) research for development and aid the analysis of genotype by environment interactions (GxE) / options by context (OxC) research within CCRP and KALRO research projects in Kenya. Researchers and extensionists can use these tools to gain a deeper understanding of how biophysical and socio-cultural environments influence overall variability of performance and farmer acceptability of a genotype or management intervention.

Grant Aims:

To integrate spatial thinking in agronomic research for evidence-based decisions that positively impact livelihoods within the Eastern Africa region of the CCRP.

Outputs and Outcomes:

Enhancement of skills in advanced GIS and geospatial analyses in CCRP and KALRO researchers to understand the spatial inter-relationships between their subject variables and other environmental and socio-cultural variables; Researchers and students using open source software for GIS and RS in performing advanced spatial analyses; Capacity of University students in use of GIS skills and tools built, bridging the gap between theory and practice; and Strong networks between GIS experts, agricultural researchers and universities to enhance working relationships.

Agricultural researchers and students who can design and implement interventions that are more spatially targeted, taking cognizance of the heterogeneous biophysical and socio-eco-cultural  contexts of smallholder farmers, thereby improving their livelihoods; and Integration of spatial thinking and spatial analysis into the agricultural research process using clear methodological techniques.