Materials and outputs

Mapping tools

The similarity analysis tool

Bringing a best practice to a new location, does not automatically lead to successful adoption. It is therefore important to understand the context and assess the success factors before trying to replicate it elsewhere. Scaling out potential refers to other location where replication is likely to lead to a successful implementation of a best practice.
The objective of the similarity analysis tool is to give its users a quick and approachable access to similarity measure, allowing to assess the spatial out scaling potential of a best practice that has worked in one study site to other locations, based on user-defined success factors.
The tool comes with readily prepared success factors, as spatial layers, from which the user can select the relevant ones. These success factors reflect both the bio-physical and the socio-economic context. This user manual explains not only how to use the tool but also how to add other success factor.

find it here.

Nile-Goblet Tool

This tool is still underdevelopment, therefore you will always find here the link to the newest version of the tool. Ultimately this will be a stable url provided by ILRI but for now it is a wikipage.

Instruction for installing the Nile Goblet tool
  1. download and install Goblet 
  2. download and install Nile
  3. open Nile from the start menu or from your desktop icon
  4. create or add a database
 if you want to test the tool with the Nile data (add a database)
  1. Download the data zipfile coming with the tool (contains a folder called mydata), unzip the file to any location on your computer
  2. in the Nile tool, click "add from existing directory" indicate the path to the mydata folder, indicate database name Nile (be careful it is case sensitive), read the database and select base map watershed.
  3. you are now ready to test the tool
Note that the tool comes with a manual that shows you every step with a print screen! Also we have experienced some problems with windows 8. We are working on it!


Africa rising quick water (assessing suitable livelihood zones for intensification trajectories in Ethiopia)

report :
tool :




GIS training for agricultural research centers

Nile Goblet tool

Material for Nile goblet tool trainings or learning events can be found on the download page of the tool (see link above)

GPS training


Happy strategy game website


similarity analysis for the Blue Nile

Happy Strategies game

Africa raising : quick water

Technical report for mapping rainwater management strategies at landscape scale
up-coming (contact me for getting a draft version)


PhD thesis

Interview on spatial modeling at the CPWF Water forum 2011 

Presentation at the urban agricultural conference in Lausanne in 2010

Spatial analysis and modeling topic working group (SAM)

Presentation at Lausanne University, faculty of Geosciences


Landscape properties as drivers for farm diversification: A Dutch case study

Farmers' contribution to landscape services in the Netherlands under different rural development scenarios

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