Monitoring agricultural production in Africa

December 5th, 2017, Published in Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

Following the successful demonstration of the CropWatch crop monitoring system for South Africa, which was developed by the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in collaboration with Airbus Defence and Space UK, the agency has joined forces with 16 other participating institutions in Africa and Europe to implement a new project under the European Union Horizon 2020 (H2020) Framework Programme.

Food insecurity and undernourished populations in African regions. (FAO 2017: State of Food security in the Wold)

Food insecurity and undernourished populations in African regions. (FAO 2017: State of Food security in the Wold)

The H2020 project will receive four years’ funding under grant agreement 774652-Africultures (Enhancing Food Security in African Agricultural Systems with the Support of Remote Sensing). Africultures aims to contribute to food supply projections and agricultural risk assessment for Africa, as well as to substantially increase the use of earth observation capabilities and supporting application systems to produce timely, objective, reliable, and transparent crop and livestock production projections at the national and regional level for the African continent.

The grant agreement will support the aspects of the EU-African Union Development Policy Frameworks. The project has already commenced on 1 November 2017. Applications and services will be co-developed, with SANSA leading the Services Demonstration and Users Appraisal task as well as contributing to several other work packages. The project is supported by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) and AfriGEOSS initiatives, as well as the African Union.

Contact Ndleleni Boyilane, SANSA, Tel 012 844-0321, nboyilane@sansa.org.za

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