22. Water Availability for Food Security in African Cities

Now it’s Your Turn

In the comments, please ask questions or make suggestions that will help the cartographer improve the map. Key things to think about include:

  • Does the map orient the viewer?
  • Does the data tell a story?
  • Does the map support the story being told?
  • Does the map make assumptions?
  • How could the map be more readable?
  • Are there any errors or typos?
  • Aly DeGraff Ollivierre

    Love the infographic style of this poster, lots of information is being presented, but it feels clean and not overwhelming, great job!

  • Eric Nost

    I really like this map, especially the design and layout of the charts and legends.

    • Does the map orient the viewer? I assume the data you have is just for sub-Saharan Africa? Might be worth noting that in the text. Instead of saying Africa, say sub-Saharan Africa?
    • Does the data tell a story? Does the map support the story being told? I like the piecharts – it suggests that there are different pieces of the water puzzle that are/need to be in place.
    • Does the map make assumptions? What exactly is the relationship between water availability and wastewater treatment? Make it clear at end of first paragraph. The diagram at the bottom left is great, and explains it, but the explanation seems like it should be something in the text too. The second paragraph on the left is redundant – let the figures do the explaining for you.
    • How could the map be more readable? Move the “In rapidly expanding African cities…” paragraph, which is the argument or story driving the map, to the left as the second paragraph, moving up the legends to be more in line with the map and chart.
    • Are there any errors or typos? Third sentence should be “…the African population….” Or better yet, “the continent’s population”

    • Marta Maggi

      Dear Eric, thanks a lot for your comments. We will integrate them in our review process. Marta

  • Åse Mitchell

    This is a very cartographically pleasing map to look at! I like the style a lot.
    Are all the cities that are plotted on this map being represented by your water infrastructure research? – It is a little unclear to me if they all are, or if it is just a select few. I ask because I am shocked at how few cities actually are managing their water resources – especially in northern Africa? I would have thought that a city as large as Cairo would have something in place? It’s also interesting that the water infrastructure data stops almost right below the Sahara? (still unsure if this is intentional or not). Perhaps pointing out a few physical features like the Sahara desert, or showing where Africa’s major rivers flow on this map might help provide some additional context of how the physical landscape influences some of these infrastructure projects.

  • Jessica Norriss

    Does the map orient the viewer?
    Yes immediately!
    Does the data tell a story?
    Yes, love the way you have presented the information, I would just incorporate the comments mentioned below about where in Africa specifically

  • add some element of ongoing/future risk of water problems?

  • Mag Surround

    i completely agree with ase, beautifully arranged and very well to read, but i missed an indication/notion how it comes that the northern cities are not included ….
    best, magnificent surroundings.