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Africa Tourism Monitor

Nyarko, Y. (edited by). (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018). Africa Tourism Monitor. Published by the African Development Bank.

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is delighted to present the 5th edition of Africa Tourism Monitor, which highlights travel and tourism as one of the fastest-growing and most interconnected sectors in the global economy.

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The State of Tourism in Africa

Nyarko, Y. (co-producer). (2011). The State of Tourism in Africa. Joint with the World Bank and the Africa Travel Association.

This second issue of The State of Tourism in Africa continues to tell the story of how tourism not only drives economic growth and development, but also contributes to economic recovery.

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Satellite Image Analytics, Land Change and Food Security

Chakraborty, S., Jabbar, Z., Subramanian, L., and Nyarko, Y., (2016). Satellite Image Analytics, Land Change and Food Security. ACM SIGKDD Workshop on Data Science for Food, Energy and Water (DSFEW), Co-located with KDD 2016, San Francisco, USA.

In this paper, we present the design of a satellite image analytics engine that we use to perform a detailed analysis of changes in agricultural land patterns over a 13-year time period (2000-2012) in West Bengal, India, traditionally considered one of the most fertile areas in the world.

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GreenApps: A Platform for Cellular Edge Applications

Ahmad, T., Reed-Sanchez, E., Zarinni, F., Afutu, A., Adjaho, K., Nyarko, Y., & Subramanian, L. (2018, June). GreenApps: A Platform For Cellular Edge Applications. In Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, (p. 45). ACM.

This paper presents the design, implementation and deployment of GreenApps, a ground-up platform that enables off-grid, near off-line and highly available cellular applications in rural contexts. The GreenApps platform has been deployed in two rural regions in Kumawu, Ghana and Pearl Lagoon, Nicaragua and supports different community-centric applications.

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Computing the Rate of Disappearance of Cropland Using Satellite Images

Chakraborty, S., Dalton, S., Nyarko, Y., and Subramanian, L., (2012). Computing the Rate of Disappearance of Cropland Using Satellite Images. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Computational Sustainability, Denmark.

Apart from human-led development, changing climate is also leading towards a change in the land pattern. In both scenarios, a solution to the problem can be a monitoring tool, which can identify the change in land pattern over the years. In this paper, we present a tool that can monitor this change through satellite images.

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The United Arab Emirates: Some Lessons in Economic Development, Working Paper

Nyarko, Y. (2010). The United Arab Emirates: Some Lessons in Economic Development, Working Paper (No. 2010/11). World Institute for Development Economics Research. Republished in Achieving Development Success: Strategies and Lessons from the Developing World, edited by Augustin K. Fosu, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Oil was discovered in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) just 50 years ago. During that time, UAE has ben able to transform itself into a rapidly modernizing country, which is fast becoming a major economic hub and a key player on the international economic landscape.

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