Feeding Ghana through the eyes of female farmers and efforts of open data

The agricultural sector in Ghana is known to offer immediate employment to over 50% of the nations’ active labour force. Indeed, this number is dominated with many small-scale farmers who tend to be women and also grow staple crops for subsistence. With current farming practices and relatively small sizes of land, yields of such farms may either be sufficient to meet the household food requirements and when not sufficient, farmers may have to acquire more grains from other family members, other farmers or buy them from the market. This is typically the case for most of the female farmers in the three northern regions of Ghana. In light of the above, the Africa RISING Program, which forms par

Hexagon Partners with YouthMappers to Support Humanitarian Efforts

This article first appeared on Hexagon Geospatial's blog on March 13, 2019. EDUCATION Hexagon’s Geospatial division has expanded our academic partnerships by offering support to the international organization, YouthMappers. YouthMappers is a community of university researchers, educators, and students who utilize and produce geographic information through web-based technology to assist in humanitarian causes. With their world-class ambition, the organization works diligently to generate new spatial data that helps improve access to quality resources and services in areas that need more assistance. Similarly, our mission is to visualize and analyze dynamic information to improve productivity

SETCO YouthMappers train for Women's Connect Challenge Tanzania

On January 13th, 2019, through the Women Connect Challenge project in Serengeti Tanzania, we conducted a one day OpenStreetMap introductory training at Serengeti Tourism College, located in Mugumu, Mara Region Tanzania. The tourism school is the only institution of higher learning in Mugumu town, the administrative seat of Serengeti District. The purpose of the training was to develop capacity of the students in the use of OpenStreetMap and also initiate the creation of a YouthMappers chapter whose members could also contribute to the Women Connect Challenge project through Crowd2map Tanzania. The 3 hours training which attracted 13 students and 3 teachers including the principal of the coll

“Exploring Dhaka University with Mapillary” – A new era of Marching of Women through Mapping on IWD

On the occasion of Happy International Women’s day, the “Exploring Dhaka University with Mapillary” event has inspired us to support the marching of women for enhancing the world map through the support of YouthMappers Let Girls Map campaign. The female members of the YouthMappers Dhaka University chapter has celebrated the day by snapping lots of images of the 240 hectares (600 acres) campus through the Mapillary app by walking. We all know that LetGirlsMap is a YouthMappers campaign active from International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019 to International Day of the Girl, October 11, 2019 and features mapping efforts that support women and girls issues. The campaign has made a remarkable part

Global YouthMappers Challenge to Support International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, YouthMappers and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) are teaming up to put gendered issues on the map through the Global YouthMappers Challenge. Student members of YouthMappers chapters* throughout the world are invited to participate in the challenge, with the chance to win a trip to the 2019 HOT Summit and global State of the Map Conference taking place in Heidelberg, Germany from September 19 - 23. As part of the #LetGirlsMap initiative, the Global YouthMappers Challenge encourages YouthMappers to make remote mapping contributions to communities in Tanzania, Paraguay, and Peru working to create more inclusive environments for women through the USAID W

Female Empowerment through Mapping

In today’s world, data is empowering. It enables to analyse a matter and take action based on the analysis. In other words, it is a precondition for the process of change to begin. For this reason, enabling data creation in diverse groups is crucial to solving pressing issues. OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a platform that facilitates this; anyone in the world can create the geographical data that they consider necessary for their community. Unfortunately, even though OSM has a democratic approach to geospatial data creation, it has an overwhelmingly male-dominant community; only around 5% of the community is female. YouthMappers is a network that works towards changing this. For this purpose, it ru

#LetGirlsMap: A candid interview with Sabina, Ndapile, and Laura

Pictured above: 2019 Leadership Fellows Sabina Abuga, Ndapile Mkuwu, and Laura Mugeha This week we are putting the spotlight on our female mappers and fellows in honor of International Women's Day and Women's History Month. Three of our 2019 YouthMappers Leadership fellows shared their thoughts on being part of YouthMappers, the importance of international exchanges, and how their participation in the Leadership Fellowship Workshop at the University of Pretoria's Centre for Geoinformation Science in Pretoria, South Africa has impacted them since returning home. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A PART OF YOUTHMAPPERS? Laura Mugeha: Being part of YouthMappers means that I am part of a global network of

Announcing the James Kweku Eshun YouthMappers Mentoring Award

Below is the text of a letter recently sent on behalf of all YouthMappers everywhere to the YouthMappers chapter and University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Department Of Geography & Regional Planning Faculty of Social Sciences University of Cape Coast Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa Dear Students, Faculty, Colleagues, Collaborators, Friends and Family Members of the late beloved Prof. James Kweku Eshun, On behalf of the thousands of young leaders around the world, their faculty mentors, and their community collaborators who form part of the global community of YouthMappers, we express our deepest condolences to you on the passing of Professor James Eshun. Professor Eshun was the first to respond to

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