The Comprehensive Resource Inventory and Evaluation System (CRIES) project uses a multidisciplinary approach to (1) assist developing countries to analyze their agricultural production potential, and (2) enhance their capabilities to conduct such analyses for policy formulation and evaluation. The project staff has collaborated within their respective disciplines with counterparts in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Syria, and Honduras to enhance each country's capacity to analyze agricultural production possibilities. The technical assistance provided has been in one of four functional areas. These are: (1) data acquisition; (2) information management and analyses; (3) analyses of policy alternatives; and (4) technology transfer and training. The paper emphasizes the use of remote sensing in data acquisition and the decision analyses followed in deciding the appropriateness of alternative geographic information systems for use in developing countries.

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