Applications & Tools

Technical Tools is a decision-making resource compiled from diverse areas of specializations and made available to our partners to facilitate data-driven decisions and projects outcomes. We encourage you to use these Technical Tools ensuring that you appropriately credit those who developed and continue to maintain these decision-support systems.

Monitoring & Evaluation, Quality Control, & Assessment Tools


 Agriculture, Food Security, Food Systems, Resilience, Food Waste

AgriTech Toolbox: Using agricultural technologies for enhanced productivity and sustainable food security

Using Agricultural Technologies For Enhanced Productivity And Sustainable Food Security.

Arab Spatial Food Security and Development Atlas

The Arab Spatial Development and Food Security Atlas is a “start-up” initiative of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) that is supported by the International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Policies, Markets, and Institutions (PIM) Program of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR). Arab Spatial welcomes new partners and as an open source and open access database, Arab Spatial will be updated and expanded on a regular basis.

Rice Crop Manager (RCM)

A decision-making tool accessible through the web browser on computers and smartphones.


ORYZA version 3 is an ecophysiological model which simulates growth and development of rice including water, C, and N balance (Bouman et al., 2001; IRRI, 2013) in lowland, upland, and aerobic rice ecosystems.

Rice Knowledge Bank (RKB)

The RKB seeks to bridge the gap between research and practice in rice production, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) developed the Rice Knowledge Bank (RKB)—a digital extension service that provides practical knowledge solutions, specialized for small-scale farmers in developing countries.


WeedSmart is a decision-support tool primarily designed to help farmers manage their fields by providing information that will guide them to efficiently manage and control weeds.

Technical Platform on the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste

Each year, an estimated one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted world-wide. The social, economic, and environmental impacts of food losses and waste (FLW) must be addressed concurrently due to their direct and significant impact on food and nutrition security, natural resources, and climate change. The Platform facilitates local, national and regional level food loss and waste prevention, reduction and measurement.

Instructional guide on the abbreviated Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (A-WEAI)

The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) is a survey-based index designed to measure the empowerment, agency, and inclusion of women in the agricultural sector. The WEAI was initially developed in 2012 as a tool to reflect changes in women’s empowerment that may result from the US government’s Feed the Future Initiative, which commissioned the development of the WEAI.

The Global Hunger Index Interactive Map

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger globally, regionally, and by country. Each year, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) calculates GHI scores in order to assess progress, or the lack thereof, in decreasing hunger. The GHI is designed to raise awareness and understanding of regional and country differences in the struggle against hunger. By calling attention to the issue, we hope that this report will help to increase the commitment and resources dedicated to ending hunger worldwide.

Food Security Climate, Agriculture and Socio-Economics (CASE) Maps

Food Security CASE Maps is an interactive visualization tool, developed in partnership with StatPlanet, to provide detailed information about a diversity of indicators, including sub-national crop area and yields, national average calorie availability, and international trade flows.

SNV Siting Tool

This siting tool helps to identify areas suitable for sustainable agricultural expansion while mitigating the impact on forests.


Economic Development, Development Economics, & Planning Tools


Economic Development, Public Expenditure & Sectors, Development Planning


Interactive Tool for Public Expenditure on Different Sectors

Transparency is essential to effective public spending and achieving development goals. The Statistics on Public Expenditures for Economic Development (SPEED) database contributes to transparency by providing an open access interactive tool for analyzing public expenditure data. Managed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with support from the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), the tool allows users to explore spending data for the period 1980–2012 collected from 147 countries.

Tools for Value Chains

The Value Chain Knowledge Clearinghouse is an initiative led by Policies, Institutions, and Markets CGIAR Research Program consisting of IFPRI, CIAT, ILRI, IITA, World Agroforestry Centre, ICRISAT, Bioversity, and CIP. The purpose of this portal is to provide a comprehensive, easily accessible repository of research methods and best practices surrounding value chain performance that can be used by all the consortium research programs and partners.

Water, Land, Forest Resources, & Ecosystems Management Tools

Integrated Water Management, Water Resources, & Water Security

Agriculture Water Management Solutions

The Agricultural Water Management Solutions Project (AWM Solutions) has identified a variety of small-holder agricultural water management interventions (AWM Regional Mapping ) that have a high potential to improve the food security and livelihoods of the rural poor in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The study results have now been made available online through the Investment Visualizer tool. This tool is directed at policymakers and investors in agricultural water management in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to assess the profits, costs, yield improvements, number of (poor) people reached, area expansion, and water use consumption of various smallholder water management options by country and region. Read more here.

Protecting Water Atlas

Welcome to the Protecting Water Atlas, where users can explore data and analyses that underpin The Nature Conservancy’s global-scale reports, Beyond the Source: The Environmental, Economic and Community Benefits of Source Water Protection , and Water Share: Using Water Markets and Impact Investment to Drive Sustainability. This mapping site is part of a family of spatial decision tools supported through the Natural Solutions Toolkit .

Atlas of Ocean Wealth

Ocean Wealth provides a way to calculate and describe in quantitative and spatial terms all that the ocean does for us to support smart investments and decision-making.

River Water Watch is an online repository of citizen science and water quality data from selected rivers projects.

Map of Global Integrated Landscape Initiative Survey Data

Explore the wide variety of integrated landscape initiatives identified in studies undertaken by Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative Partners from 2013 to 2015. Details about who is participating, what investments the initiative has made, and what outcomes initiative leaders report, as well as biophysical data like the approximate size and population of the landscape, and its primary ecosystem and production system types, are all available by sorting and clicking points on the map.

The map is a perfect tool for governments, donors, and international NGOs to identify potential knowledge partners for scaling up or designing integrated landscape approaches in particular places, or to recruit participants for regional or global knowledge sharing activities.

Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure

The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security promote secure tenure rights and equitable access to land, fisheries and forests as a means of eradicating hunger and poverty, supporting sustainable development and enhancing the environment.

Atlas of Forest and Landscape Restoration Opportunities

The maps in this atlas represent a first-ever global approximation of the extent and location of the opportunities for forest landscape restoration: opportunities to reduce poverty, improve food security, mitigate climate change, and protect the environment.

Toolkit for the indicators of resilience in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes

This siting tool helps to identify areas suitable for sustainable agricultural expansion while mitigating the impact on forests.

Assisted Natural Regeneration of Trees (ANR / RNA)

This tool is an approach to agroforestry which relies on local knowledge as well as natural regeneration properties.

Red List of Ecosystems (RLE)

The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems is able to identify which ecosystems are not currently facing significant risks of collapse, and which ones are Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically Endangered.

Landscape performance scorecard (LPS)

The Landscape Performance Scorecard (LPS) is designed to help you keep track of the status of your landscape. The scorecard is based on the ‘twenty questions for assessing landscape performance’. A data capture form provides a means for analyzing data from the scoring exercise and presenting the information that is generated.

Forest Surveillance, Protection, Conservation, & Management

Global ForestWatch 2.0

The new Global Forest Watch is an interactive near-real-time deforestation alert system, which can help governments, private sector, NGO’s and communities to improve the management of forest resources. It combines the latest technology advances in remote sensing with mobile applications and social media, into a ground-breaking alert system that can be used by anybody interested in improving forest management and decreasing current deforestation rates.


A spatially explicit tool for the analysis of the provision of multiple ecosystem services.

Gender, Inequality, & Social Disparities Tools

Gender Equality, Inequality,  & Poverty

Gender Mapper

A “gender map” of agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to better understand how to target agricultural interventions to women and men farmers.


Shares results from the Spatial Production Allocation Model by Harvest Choice.

Community Tool Box

This toolkit provides resources for organizing stakeholders and creating action plans. The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.

Gender and Inclusion Toolbox

This set of tools supports the integration of gender and social perspectives in climate and agriculture research and program development.


Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, & Spatial Tools

Spatial Planning and Monitoring Guide

This tool provides stakeholders with early access to information on the distribution of soaring bird migration between Europe, the Middle East and East Africa.

Spatial Planning and Monitoring of Landscape Interventions: Maps to Link People with their Landscapes

This guide is designed to stimulate and provide a clear process for the use of maps in cross-sectoral collaborations to locate, design and monitor interventions in rural landscapes.

Ecosystem-scale and Multi-sectoral approaches to Landscape Management

GIS-based study takes into consideration individual and cumulative impacts of multiple stakeholders and the potential within the landscape to compensate for impacts to ecosystems.

Community Mobilization, Engagement, Participatory Development Research, & Planning Tools

Ground-Based Photo-Monitoring of Landscape Changes Arising from Sustainable Land Management Practices

Ground based photo-monitoring (GBPM) is a method of documenting and assessing visual changes in landscapes over time by repeatedly taking photographs from the same location. This tool consists of a step-by-step guide on the GBPM methodology as well as how to design and implement a GBPM survey.

A Landscape Perspective on Monitoring & Evaluation for Sustainable Land Management

This manual will aid trainers of sustainable land management (SLM) professionals to organize and conduct effective courses on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) from an integrated landscape management perspective. The manual provides a curriculum for building the capacities of SLM project and program managers, as well as M&E specialists, to practice M&E in ways that support a landscape approach to SLWM.