FOOD SECURITY - Help the Philippines map the Mindanao region to support rural farming, gender, healthcare and artisan communities. The Mindanao region grows almost half the country's food, yet remains the poorest population, with many communities at 30-70% poverty incidence. War and conflict have increased in the region in recent years, with security and safety concerns for girls and women. Our goal is to help map rural agriculture and understand the gender gap to plan improved infrastructure with long-term impacts on health, well-being and livelihood for girls, women, Indigenous Peoples and farm families. 


Local YouthMappers chapters at Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines Resilience Institute, Map the Philippines and the George Washington University Humanitarian Mapping Society are generously supporting the validation of these tasks. Difficulty: Beginner 

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FLOODING RESILIENCEWith support from GFDRR, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, George Washington University, and other partners, researchers have developed an innovative approach to flood risk management downstream of hydropower dams, in the contexts of financial and data scarcity. The aim of this mapping project is to build knowledge on locations downstream of hydropower dams where partners can help to strengthen emergency preparedness plans. The researchers plan to capture all hydropower dams in OpenStreetMap and to map residences and other relevant structures likely to be affected by peak floods downstream of dams. YouthMappers are urged to take on this priority partner project as a current remote mapping focus either as individuals or as chapters. Locations served are also of humanitarian interest to the USAID GeoCenter and others in the open mapping community. Difficulty - Beginner, Intermediate

WOMEN CONNECT CHALLENGE - The Women Connect Challenge aims to bridge the digital gender divide and increase women’s access and usage of technology to improve their everyday lives. Join YouthMappers and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) in supporting communities to create gendered data about gendered problems that affect them. Read more about the Women Connect Challenge here .


Contribute quality edits to tasks in Meru District, Arusha, Tanzania; Ngorongoro, Arusha, Tanzania; and Ocobamba, Chincheros, Peru.



Difficulty: Beginner 

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FOOD SECURITY - In the Philippines, many areas lack the infrastructure to support local agriculture, leaving communities to rely on convenience stores, where processed foods like instant noodles become staples of their diet. MapPH, YouthMappers University of the Philippines Resilience Institute, UP NOAH, and Youthmappers FEU Technology Junior Philippine Computer Society are working to raise awareness on the issue of food security in the Philippines. Food security intersects each of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, so addressing how we feed our families lies at the core of our well being. Like many ongoing conflicts, access to good, clean and fair food is the catalyst to achieving peace and prosperity for our most vulnerable communities. 

Difficulty: Beginner Hashtags: #YouthMappers


HEALTH -  This HOT project, launched at the 2018 State of the Map, is developed under the 2018 YouthMappers Research Fellowship (supported by YouthMappers and USAID GeoCenter) and under the PoliSocial Award Research project MASTR-SLS (led by DEIB Ecology group at Politecnico di Milano, Italy), in collaboration with the Senegalese NGO Espoir pour la Santé (Saint-Louis, Senegal) and the African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS, M'bour, Senegal). Mapping the villages in the Senegal River Valley will give the possibility to create risk maps for the spread of important water-related infectious diseases, such as schistosomiasis. Through high-resolution multispectral satellite imagery, the habitat of the snails will be identified, so vulnerable areas can be detected. The knowledge of the villages near rivers and access points to water is thus of fundamental importance. Additional information on the location of farmlands and agricultural waterways can be useful. Difficulty - Beginner


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