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Improved Agricultural Monitoring Systems through satellite imagery for IRAN": Workshop objectives and Project overview


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Following the launch of the project to enhance Agriculture Monitoring Systems by FAO and Government of Iran, an inception workshop took place, for introducing the topic, its priorities, objectives, outcomes, methodologies, planned progresses, outputs and participants. These presentations are the related available documents.

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Improved Agricultural Monitoring Systems through satellite imagery for IRAN": Workshop objectives and Project overview

  1. 1. Improved Agricultural Monitoring Systems through satellite imagery for IRAN WSH OBJECTIVES AND PROJECT OVERVIEW Sergio ZelayaBonilla Senior Land & Water Officer Head of Geospatial Coordination Unit (CBDS) Climate, Biodiversity, Land & Water Department (CB), UNFAO PROJECT
  2. 2. PURPOSE: • Build common understanding of the project specific objectives and expectations and the agreement on the approaches. • Describe the concept, objective, expected outputs and implementation strategies of the project. • Discuss of the implementation plan of the project with identified sources of financial resourcing. • Provide a briefing of the current project progress in the inception phase. • Discuss the development of an Exit Strategy for after the end of the project and possibility to extend the activities to national level through the development of an UTF project. INCEPTION WORKSHOP
  3. 3. • Provide policy and technical assistance to the Iran Government in a broad range of disciplines in sectors pertaining to the Organization’s mandate. • Supports the country’s priorities in line with:  National Development Planning documents,  Sixth National Development Plan 2017-2021  Organization’s Strategic Objectives and  Relevant Regional Initiatives. • Support development of Integrated Strategic Programmes, in line with FAOIR’s long term mission seeking “to inspire and engage partners in promoting lasting solutions for sustainable development” in the following four priority areas: 1. Sustainable and Climate-smart Agriculture, 2. Food Security and Food Safety, 3. Inclusive and Resilient Rural Development, and 4. Knowledge-based Economy and Society. FAO in Iran
  4. 4. From a technical consultation from FAO resulted: • The extreme climate events in Iran are impacting agriculture and affecting agricultural production in the country. • Primary data collection in the country has some shortages and is a major challenge in the agriculture sector. • Conventional data collection approaches are still in place within MOJA with less focus on the use of innovative technology. • Mixed data quality of existing survey results, lack of data documentation, and not all data collected are of good quality. • Not all data collection processes are based on sound methodologies, including up-to-date sampling frames. • Modelling and forecasting methods are often obsolete and advanced outlier detection methods are often missing. • Although there are good RS and GIS human capacities, the operational monitoring of agriculture on a regular basis using Remote Sensing is limited. Rationale
  5. 5. WHAT The extreme climate events in Iran are impacting agriculture and affecting its production. The several environmental trends suggest an urgent need for a comprehensive, systematic and accurate agricultural monitoring system in the country. HOW Adoption of new strategies for improved agriculture production and its monitoring; integration of RS technology into the national/provincial agriculture offices for agriculture monitoring and statistics generation. The availability of reliable information on natural resources and agriculture for its monitoring and analysis is indispensable to development and implementation of such strategies. TCP Funding : 489,000 USD - 24 Months. Support
  6. 6. IMPACT Agriculture monitoring and production system are strengthened and Government adopts improved strategies for increasing and diversifying production potentials. GOAL Develop sustainable methods, tools and technology, that improves the quality of agriculture information and reporting based on the integral use of geospatial technology. OUTCOME Established national and operational agriculture monitoring system that improves quality of agriculture information and reporting based on geospatial technology Project overview
  7. 7. • Develop a prototype demonstrator operational agriculture monitoring system. • Identify state of the art methods and strategy for acreage and yield estimation optimized through the use of remote sensing. • Testing and monitoring of a range of crops for the selected provinces as a demonstrator for the larger UTF. • Improve agriculture information and reporting approach. • Enable MOJA to collect near-real time crop field information and use it operationally for the monitoring. • Transfer and exchange of knowledges and development solution on agriculture monitoring. Objectives
  8. 8. • the Country Programing Framework (CPF) Government priority 1: “Environmental Sustainability of Agricultural and Rural Development Management Practices is ensured”. • the MOJA ongoing key priorities related to agriculture monitoring. • improving the agriculture production and provide economic benefits. • support the transition to sustainable agricultural sector production systems through monitoring, statistics, assessment and analysis. • support the progress of the techniques, policy and investment conditions. Contribution to…
  9. 9. AT A NATIONAL LEVEL MOJA and ITCC will benefits from the: • development of the innovative and sustainable agriculture methods integrated with geospatial technology. • identification and design of a robust agriculture statistic and data collection country-wide system. • integration of remotely sensed data into the national/provincial agriculture offices. • improved existing crop forecasting and reporting capability at a provincial level (selected provinces). • provision of satellite-based estimates of area of crops and other vegetation indices and natural resources status. • development of a regularly scheduled series of actionable crop production reports developed by the agriculture provincial offices. Benefits
  10. 10. AT A LOCAL LEVEL Communities and farmers will benefits through: • agriculture information, disseminated correctly to the local agriculture offices and as result to the farmers and communities. • communication facilities and strengthened transmission of agriculture monitoring approaches to the local level. • the improved national forecasts and estimates of crop yields methodologies, improved information, bulletins, etc. • warnings related to agriculture, water and drought management etc. • the linkage to provincial and farmer level users. Benefits
  11. 11. Establish an operational and innovative national AMS based on sustainable methods, tools, geospatial technology and in situ data. Identify state of the art methods to improve national forecasts and estimates of crop area and yields. Improve the existing crop forecasting and reporting capability at the provincial level. Enhance national capacity on crop yield forecasting and estimation integrated with geospatial technologies. Enhanced approaches for agricultural monitoring. Project’s Strategy
  12. 12. Innovative agriculture monitoring systems are developed GOAL Establish an operational national AMS based on sustainable methods, tools, geospatial technology and in situ data. • All kinds of available existing agriculture, geographic and administrative information on crops will be collected and validated. Output 1
  13. 13. GOAL Identify state of the art methods, and suggest improvements moving forward, to improve national forecasts and estimates of crop yields. • generate crop area and yield estimation for the selected sites based on RS. • verify the quality of the major crop production information. • develop rice crop masks for some selected sites based on RS. • identify the most appropriate type of area frame. Output 2
  14. 14. GOAL Enhance provincial capacity for improved crop estimates and integrate, more fully, the use of remotely sensed data into the provincial crop reporting services. OUTPUT Provincial crop forecasting, reporting services and capability for selected provinces are improved: • provide crop area and yield estimations through regular and timely market-oriented reports • provide actionable information useful for decision-making in selected provinces Output 3
  15. 15. Capacity Development (CD) Component: transfer of relevant methods, good practices and learning materials and, exchange of development solution on agriculture monitoring optimized by use of geospatial technology. The CD strategy will provide technical certification through MOJA and incorporate teaching skills development. The Strategy Incorporates: • distance learning • on the-job-trainings • training of trainers (from main department/ division staff) who can then cascade down training of others (e.g. to provincial staff). Output 4
  16. 16. MOJA has the overall responsibility for the agriculture monitoring tasks in the country. It consist of: • a wide network of provincial and district offices which are closely linked with the headquarters in Tehran. • close working relations with other related institutions whose role will be instrumental in the project implementation. FAO Representation in Iran has the overall operational responsibility to ensure smooth implementation of the project. The project will establish linkages with the Provincial Agriculture offices which are involved in research. They work with provincial extension departments, universities and directly with the farmers. Institutional framework
  17. 17. • The project will also develop an internal Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system and integrate this with the broader M&E system of the MOJA. • The M&E system will ensure that project data are collected in a timely manner and impacts are monitored in the longer term. Monitoring and evaluation • The M&E system will validate the data and information on targets set of the project, make necessary modification and changes and establish final indicators for monitoring future outcomes and impacts during the inception phase. • The final set of indicators should, however, be approved by the Steering Committee.
  18. 18. 1. Provide technical support to the national institutions to develop improved agriculture monitoring system that will provide the adaptation benefits and increased economic value through production of timely and accurate agriculture information and strengthen capability to support agricultural policies in the country. 2. Develop a substantial technical capacity in the operational use of geospatial data system for the agriculture monitoring and analysis during the lifetime of the project. Project sustainability
  19. 19. The project’s sustainability will be served through significant inputs of capacity development using a hands-on approach, with a clear emphasis on government staff performing relevant work. 3. Facilitate sharing of good practices, lessons learned and knowledge management and provide necessary policy advocacy for integration of good practices and replication in similar areas by provision of additional government and/or other funding. 4. Develop an “Exit Strategy” that addresses how country government can move forward and application and updating of tools, methods and procedures for agriculture production assessment and monitoring after the project has ended. Project sustainability
  20. 20. • Enhance National Institutions’ capacity. • Improve agriculture production systems. • Support agricultural policies and land use planning and management. • Improve the sustainable management of agriculture and natural resources. • Improve quality of statistics and reporting system for decision-making. • Understand, assess, predict, mitigate, and adapt to climate variability and change. • Improve water-resource management through better understanding of the water cycle, and combating desertification, etc. Benefits
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