User Guide

Refer to the StatPlanet User Manual for tips about how to use IFPRI's Food Security CASE (Climate, Agriculture, & Socio-Economic) Maps. Or see the highlights, below.


To enlarge the window, click the far left icon in the top left corner of the graph window (the icon with four arrows). If you want to remove the graph window, click on the "x" in the top, right-hand corner of the graph window or click on the bar graph icon in the options mention in the bottom, left-hand side of the screen.

How to: Create a bar graph

Click on this icon to create a vertical bar chart. Click on the horizontal chart icon to the right to create a horizontal chart. Use the "sort" button to chose among the following options: sort from lowest to highest; sort from highest to lowest; sort from highest to lowest starting in the middle; or sort alphabetically.

How to: Create a time series graph

When you click on this  button, a list of countries appears which you can add to the time series graph. Click on a country to add it to the graph; click on it again if you wish to to remove it. Use the "sort" button to chose among the following options: sort from lowest to highest; sort from highest to lowest; sort from highest to lowest starting in the middle; or sort alphabetically.

How to: Create a scatter plot

When you click on this button, a scatter plot instantly appears that uses the selected indicator as the x axis. Using the drop down menu in either the indicator or the graph menu to select a second indicator as the y-axis variable. Once the x- and y-axes are set, press the  ‘play’ button to start an animation of changes to the relationship between these two variables over time. Each "bubble" moves to the corresponding x and y positions (depending on whether data is available for each time interval). Select ‘show trails’ (next to the play button) to make each "bubble" leave a "trail" to mark its previous positions over time.

How to:  Select x- & y-axis indicators

Click on the x-axis or y-axis label, then select an indicator from the drop-down menu.

How to:  Change the scale of  scatter plot "bubbles"

Use the drop-down menu in the top of the graph window to change the scale of the 'bubbles' according to a selected indicator. Use the 'options' icon in the graph window to show or hide the trendline. Move the mouse over the trendline to see the slope and trendline equation.

How to: Adjust graph size
To change the graph size, move the mouse to the sides or corners of the graph window until you see the cursor change to look like the one shown on the left. Click and hold down the left mouse button, then drag the window to the desired size.  Release the mouse button once you have the right size.

How to: Adjust graph scale
The graph scale can be adjusted by clicking on the top or bottom graph values. The value can then be edited in the popup window.


StatPlanet's choropleth (or color-coded) maps are designed to enhance the visualization of information. The map legend shows which map colors are associated with each data range (for example, higher values may be shaded in increasingly darker colors). Both the map colors and the data range can be customized (see map legend below). Click on "more" for details.

How to:  Select a country

  • Mouse
  • Moving the mouse over a country on the world map brings up a small popup containing information about that particular country for the selected indicator (as well as the bookmarked indicator, if there is one). In addition, the country data for all indicators in the current category is shown in the indicators window.

  • Click
  • You can select a country by clicking on it in the map. This will highlight the country in the graph, and can also be used to define a custom region.

How to:  Read and personalize the map legend

Map Colors: Clicking on any of the colors in the legend will bring up a color selection window. In this window, you can change both the colors (either sequential or diverging color schemes), as well as the number of color classes (between 3 and 9). The color schemes are from the Color Brewer website, an excellent resource for more information on selecting map colors.

How to: Adjust the data range

To adjust the data range of the map legend, click on the top or bottom value. Use the popup to increment or decrement this value, or enter a new value. The intermediate values will adjust automatically.

How to:  Create a proportional symbol map

A proportional symbol map scales symbols (usually circles) according to the indicator being mapped. In Statplanet, the symbol can represent either a country or a region within a country. To create one, click the 'proportional symbol map' button in the bottom-left corner of the screen. The proportional symbol map is overlaid on top of the choropleth map. If you have bookmarked an indicator, the symbol map represents the data for the bookmarked indicator, whereas the choropleth map represents the data for the selected indicator. (If the bookmarked indicator is selected, both the symbol map and the choropleth map represent the bookmarked indicator).

How to: Save a map

You can find the save map button in the bottom-left corner of the screen. To change the image type, size or quality, use the options window. (This feature is only available on StatPlanet's online version.)

How to: Use the map navigation controls

The map zoom controls are normally hidden from view. Move the mouse towards the bottom right of the screen to make them appear. They include:

  • Zoom
  • You can zoom in and out of the map using the 'zoom in' and 'zoom out' buttons, or by dragging the zoom slider up or down. You can also use your mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out.

  • Moving the map
  • Click on and drag the map with the mouse to move it to a new position.

  • Restore map position
  • The button on the left restores the map to the default coordinates for the selected region.


The indicator window, in the top left corner of the screen, allows you to select the categories available on IFPRI StatPlanet. These include: Population, GDP, GDP per capita, Children malnourished (0 to 5 years), Kilocalories per capita per day, Feed demand by commodity (rice, wheat, maize), Food demand by commodity (rice, wheat, maize), Production (rice, wheat, maize), Trade (rice, wheat, maize) , and Yield (rice, wheat, maize). Click on "more" for additional details.  It also allows you to switch between the two maps available on IFPRI StatPlanet - the national map and the Food Producing Unit (FPU) map.

How to:  select a category
Use the drop-down menu in the top of the indicators window to select a new category. Some categories also have sub-categories. Mouse over the arrows to view these sub-categories. Click to select a category.

How to: Use the indicator bars

The bars are scaled in proportion to the maximum value of that particular indicator for all countries in the selected region. For example, if the value for country X is 20 and the maximum value for all countries is 100, the bar will be scaled at 20%. You can also scale the bars as a percentile by selecting 'Percentile' as the Visualization type in the options window.

How to: Bookmark an indicator

Click the 'star' button in the indicators window to bookmark the selected indicator. The bookmarked indicator will remain, even when you switch to another category. This allows you to:

  • create scatter plot graphs
  • compare the bookmarked indicator with indicators from other categories
  • compare two indicators through the choropleth map (representing the selected indicator) and the proportional symbol map (representing the bookmarked indicator)

How to:  Find indicator definitions

If a definition exists for an indicator, the definition will appear in a popup when moving the mouse over the indicator. The definition only shows for the indicator which is selected or bookmarked.


How to: Download

Click on the arrow button on the bottom, left-hand side of the screen. A pop up window will appear with the following options: export map, export graph, export data, or export all data. Click on the desired button and the respective information will automatically download. Maps and graphs are in .png format; data and all data are in zip format.  To return to the main CASEMaps screen, click either the close button or the x button in the top, right-hand side of the box.