Nos gyrovagations sur internet ressemblent souvent aux cheminements de la pensée; on sait ce qu’on… read more

Published on 11/09/2022

Updated on 11/14/2022

Wine: who makes it and who drinks it

This post was triggered by a recent visit I made to a posh winery in… read more

Published on 10/04/2022

Updated on 11/16/2022


An analysis published by FAO at mid September 20191 lists dry weather and protracted conflicts… read more

Published on 03/24/2021

Updated on 01/08/2023

Disasters: sources of information and trends

This post gives a list of web-based sources that publish disaster information suitable for monitoring.… read more

Published on 05/04/2019

Updated on 01/08/2023

East African humanitarian crisis


East Africa is suffering a deep humanitarian crisis brought about a complex interaction between war… read more

Published on 09/24/2017

Updated on 01/08/2023

Global grain stocks

Although they are of paramount strategic importance (or, maybe, because of their strategic importance!) world… read more

Published on 06/04/2017

Updated on 01/08/2023

African geomatics centres

Many African countries have established and operate dedicated institutions dealing with remote sensing, mapping, GIS,… read more

Published on 01/24/2015

Updated on 01/08/2023

Cellphone and internet boom in Africa!

The adoption of new Information and Communicatons Technology (ICT) at the macro and micro levels… read more

Published on 01/22/2015

Updated on 01/08/2023

Amazing maize…

The post analyses current trends of maize yield and production, and tries to look ahead… read more

Published on 10/18/2014

Updated on 01/08/2023

Global food supply trends in 2014, and beyond!

This post analyses the trends of yield, area, and production in the 31 countries that… read more

Published on 04/02/2014

Updated on 01/08/2023

Using the simple “Miami” Net Primary Production (NPP) potential as a crop monitoring indicator

Routine crop monitoring is done with indices which indirectly describe or capture the effect of… read more

Published on 01/26/2014

Updated on 02/11/2014

Crop monitoring dialects

There are many national and a handful of international crop monitoring and forecasting systems. All… read more

Published on 02/20/2013

Updated on 01/25/2015

Forecast and even planned: the Vajont dam disaster

The post on the risky business of forecasting is updated every time something happens with the… read more

Published on 10/31/2012

Updated on 01/08/2023

Pandemics and Tipping points

Experts I’ve interviewed over the past six years generally agree that such a Next Big… read more

Published on 10/09/2012

Updated on 01/14/2023

Civilisation-ending volcanic winter (note 1)

First published 20120718 /  last updated on 20120924 Is climate change the worst nightmare scenario… read more

Published on 07/18/2012

Updated on 01/08/2023

Projects that will (perhaps) save the planet

(Published 20100212 / Last updated 20111207) There are basically three types of BIG problems facing… read more

Published on 12/07/2011

Updated on 07/12/2015

Mountain climate(s)

This note about mountain climate is an updated and expanded version of an earlier text… read more

Published on 11/01/2011

Updated on 11/16/2011

Mixing oil, water and food in Saudi Arabia

Updated 20110922 In reaction to the first oil crisis of the mid seventies, the kingdom… read more

Published on 08/08/2011

Updated on 01/08/2023

La famine de 1845 en Irlande

Cette famine me fascine depuis longtemps. J’ai écrit ce petit texte il y a quelques… read more

Published on 07/25/2011

Updated on 01/08/2023

How to find information on a computer? (revised_02; 20100131)

This is a revised version of the 20100103 post. Tom rightly commented on 2010110 that… read more

Published on 01/11/2010

Updated on 01/22/2015

Recent rainfall and cattle trends in the Central-Western Sahel

  The graph shows recent trends of climate, urbanisation and a livestock production index (meat… read more

Published on 09/10/2009

Updated on 10/19/2011

Einstein on crises

Crazy wig

Below is a text by Einstein, which I got somewhere on the web. I like… read more

Published on 03/30/2009

Updated on 08/14/2022