The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at its inception then, has grown rapidly over the last twenty years. And advances in technology have contributed to a sharp increase in the supply of geographic information (locations, satellite images, etc.) and have also led to an increase in the demand for geographic information as new hardware and software tools have made access to, and analysis of, this information possible at a lower cost. It was previously necessary to manually create a new map for every new theme combination, caption edit, or format modification. These tasks can now be accomplished in a few seconds.Twenty years after...the status quo is still here…

One component of the study dealt with the economic geography of rural West Africa. One of its main goals was to try to answer the following questions:

  • Where will the rural population be located in 2020?
  • How will agricultural production vary geographically in 2020?
  • How will the transport infrastructure in rural areas change between now and 2020

Any predictive analysis requires an examination of past and present conditions. The WALTPS database was therefore built to help determine the key parameters that influence rural population density, agricultural production. and expansion of the road networks across West Africa.

Twenty years after...the status quo is still here… Since the 60s, 70s 90s…

Saying that such a study and numerous others have not led to substantial investments to tackle key findings is not exaggerated, therefore COMENGIP is advocating new endogenous leadership drawing from our immediate priorities, urgencies and prospects in a global economy.

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