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Sharing open data and capacity development experiences from RCMRD


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Earth observation data plays a critical role in building resilience to climate change as well as reporting on sustainable development goals (SDG’s). There are new opportunities to use open data in earth observation such as Landsat and the Sentinel data. Modern day farming relies on weather information in order to plan ahead of extreme weather conditions such as drought and floods. In addition, there is need to invest in hydromet services to build resilience to climate change and help citizens with accurate weather forecasts.

In this webinar, Dr Kenneth Mubea (the Capacity Development Lead) at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) shares some of the experiences and projects that RCMRD are involved in various open data initiatives in Agriculture. RCMRD’s mission is to promote sustainable development using earth observation and thus SDG’s. RCMRD is an inter-governmental organization established in 1975 (Nairobi, Kenya) and currently has 20 Contracting Member States in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regions.

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Sharing open data and capacity development experiences from RCMRD

  1. 1. Dr. Kenneth Mubea Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) GODAN Action webinar: Sharing open data and capacity development experiences from RCMRD 29 November 2017, 4 – 5 pm CET
  2. 2. Outline 1) RCMRD 2) Collaboration 3) Lessons learnt 4) Way forward
  3. 3. RCMRD
  4. 4. SERVIR
  5. 5. Service Areas
  6. 6. Applied Science Team (AST) Projects
  7. 7. Partnerships - Weather, Climate, Agriculture • Kenya Meteorological Department • NDMA • Kenya Water Towers • Northen Rangelends Trust (NRT)
  8. 8. Collaboration with University of Maryland National Early Warning Crop Monitor • Develop timely, actionable and easily interpretable products on crop conditions (feed into GEOGLAM crop monitor) • Strengthen State Department of Agriculture (SDA’s) capacity in Agriculture Monitoring & Assessments • Streamline field Data collection and reporting • Customization to include country specific datasets and reporting metrics • Develop food bulletin • Stakeholders: RCMRD, State Department of Agriculture, ICPAC GeoGLAM Africa Synthesis
  9. 9. Agricultural Crop Mask Development • Current crop mask being used is over 10 years old • Due to climate change, cropping zones have changed • Need to assess changes in crop production zones for better decision making • The developed crop mask will be used as an input to RHEAS, disseminated to FEWSNET & other stakeholders such as the State Department of Agriculture (Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock) and DRSRS. • RHEAS(Regional Hydrological extremes Assessment System) Collaboration with State Department of Agriculture
  10. 10. • Kenya is 3rd largest tea producer. Exports: 4% of GDP • Stakeholders: Kericho County Government; KTRF; Large-scale tea farmers; Small-scale farmers • Collaboration with insurance in development of a weather based tea insurance index. Frost Monitoring and Forecasting
  11. 11. Collaborations - GODAN AgriGIS Workshop and Think Tank meetings, 27 – 28 October 2016, RCMRD, Nairobi, Kenya. Goal: Promote the use of open software, open data and open science in the agriculture Participants: experts, senior policy officers, academics, researchers, and post graduate students. (50 participants). Link:
  12. 12. Collaborations – GODAN, CANIS, CTA Data Centred Student Led Agricultural Transformation Open Data Training & Partnership Workshop: 4 – 5 Oct 2017
  13. 13. Collaborations - TAHMO Goal: leveraging weather data through robust and cost-effective stations for enhanced water and agricultural productivity that leads to economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. TAHMO signed MoU with RCMRD in March 2017. Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory Open Data Partnership Beneficiaries: • Universities • schools
  14. 14. Collaborations - TAHMO Installation of Automatic weather stations (AWS) in RCMRD & partners. This will improve the weather information value chain, bridge resilience to effects of climate change. Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory AWS – RCMRD AWS – Ardhi University Weather Information Value Chain
  15. 15. RCMRD Space Challenge 2017 Goal: Equip students with skills in environmental degradation, climate change and its drivers. Contribute to STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math , SDG’s. Mode: Obtain reading from automatic weather stations (AWS) installed by TAHMO, GLOBE. This will be annual in Kenya, Uganda (Akorion). Partners: GLOBE, TAHMO, 4-H Kenya, KMD, KNATCOM, Esri Video: Nasokol Girls School (first) St. Scholastica Primary School (second)
  16. 16. Collaborations - LandPKS Data sets: climate, soils, topography, wind, crop productivity, vegetation Projects: Kenya: Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) , Vital signs, Namibia: Rangeland Health Assessment -, Bush Encroachment assessment and biomass estimation
  17. 17. Collaboration with Akorion - Uganda ICT to efficiently provide agro value chain services to farmers and those who serve them. Link: Open Data Training & Partnership
  18. 18. Collaboration with CODATA CODATA AGRICULTURE TASK GROUP (ATG) Agriculture Data, Knowledge for Learning and Innovation Group • Partners: CODATA, KALRO, JKUAT, CABI, RCMRD, KEFRI • Coordinate efforts on agricultural research data - SDGs and Africa Union 2063 agenda • Platform: KAINet - improve agro value chain • Webinar: 5 Dec 2017 (4 - 5 pm, GMT +3)
  19. 19. RCMRD Open Data RCMRD Open data: Open Data & Partnership
  20. 20. Lessons Learnt  Stakeholder mapping  Collaboration and learning  Co-development – capacity building, products, tools  Data journalism – open data  Monitoring and evaluation  Impact – success stories
  21. 21. Way forward  Partnerships – MoU, data sharing  Public Private Partnerships (PPP)  Capacity building  Outreach  Link to SDG’s  Space Challenge e.g. RCMRD Space Challenge  Innovation workshops e.g. hackathons  Role of ICT 4 Agriculture e.g. apps, updates  Big data – Data cubes
  22. 22. Thanks Our contacts The Director General Regional Centre for Mapping for Resource Development(RCMRD) P. O. Box 632-00618,, The presenter Dr. Kenneth Mubea