Vital Signs Rwanda Collects and Integrates Data on Agriculture, Ecosystems and Human Well-Being.

 

Feeding the growing world population will require an estimated 70-100% increase in food production, but agricultural activities are impacting ecosystems – and the benefits they provide for people – more than ever before. There is an urgent need for better data and risk management tools to guide agricultural development decisions, ensuring that they protect both people and nature. Vital Signs collects and integrates data on agricultural management and productivity, ecosystems and human well-being and provides tools to leaders in Kenya and worldwide to assess and manage risk and to support policy.

 

Vital Signs was launched in 2012 with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Conservation International. It is led by CI in partnership with the Earth Institute (EI), Columbia University and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa.