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TEAM 1: Food Security in Relation to Earth Observation (GEOSS and COPERNICUS Relevance)


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TEAM 1: Food Security in Relation to Earth Observation (GEOSS and COPERNICUS Relevance)

  1. 1. Nairobi INSPIRE Hack Nairobi, 10th May 2019) Food Security in Relation to Earth Observation (GEOSS and COPERNICUS Relevance) Karel Charvat in cooperation with all Team 1 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No [number] Bringing together the knowledge for better Agriculture Monitoring
  2. 2. Contributors 122 people express their interest 25 People sent their CVs 16 people contribute to next discussion
  3. 3. Objective The goal of this team was to analyze ways how Earth Observation technologies can help farmers and all communities at local and regional levels for more sustainable agriculture and food security.
  4. 4. 6 questions 1. Why I would like work in this group? 2. Where Earth Observation can help to African Agriculture? 3. Ideas about potential experiments? 4. Who are main target groups of farmers in your country? 5. Do you have practical experience with implementation of EO in your country? 6. Can benefit small farmers from EO?
  5. 5. Question N. 1 1. Food security is a major challenge in Kenya and Africa at large considering the country’s economy is largely agrarian. 2. Food and nutrition security is my major areas of expertise therefore, I am always willing to participate in anything that can help to improve my knowledge in the area. 3. Food (and water) insecurity are a consistent drivers of vulnerability in Africa.
  6. 6. Question N. 2 1. Soil management can benefit a lot from earth observation. 2. Near real-time crop monitoring data would be very helpful to farmers to enable them identify remedies to crop failures in good time and avoid losses. 3. The same data could assist government plan in advance in terms of addressing the anticipated deficit in food stock hence avert cases of food shortage.
  7. 7. Question N. 2 1. Earth Observation will also be very important in prediction analysis in the agricultural sector. 2. Earth observation can be used to assess risks/threats to sensitive ecosystems like forests and wetlands. 3. EO in particular weather data and biomass can be used to generate index based services for Banking and insurance such as Weather and Yield index
  8. 8. Question N. 3 1. Sampling plots from different agro-climatic zones 2. Establishing crop growth scenarios under different weather events 3. Prediction of disease susceptibility of crop using the temporal crop dynamics from earth observation data. 4. A combination of agent-based models of human activities and how these contribute to food (in)security and a dynamic changes
  9. 9. Question N. 3 1. Accurate monitoring crop phenology to aid the application of farm inputs like fertilizers, irrigation and farm management. 2. Assessment of hydrological flows through a combination of field observations and output from satellite image analysis workflows. 3. Augmenting weather and climate monitoring through the use of affordable in-situ weather sensors and remote sensed weather estimates.
  10. 10. Question N. 4 1. In Kenya, some of the significant farmer groups include maize farmers, rice farmers and sugarcane farmers
  11. 11. Question N. 5 1. I (Parmita Ghosh) do have for my country India and Germany 2. I have experience with Copernicus Data for climate monitoring (Kizito) 3. I have a background in applied geoinformatics and am currently using earth observation data to address water and food insecurity questions in the dryland regions of Kenya (Francis Oloo)
  12. 12. Question N. 6 1. Sentinel 1, 2 has spatial resolution of 20 m so small farmers can be benefited by the products developed using images from these satellites. 2. Landsat can particularly be used for awareness creation on issues like land degradation and land use change and its influence on land health and the potential areas that can be used for farming.
  13. 13. More detail information See this here progress-report-i/
  14. 14. Starting experiment
  15. 15. Conclusion 1. We will continue in collection of ideas. Questions will be available also on SmartAfriHub (see team 5) 2. We will use this for recommendation for future development of COPERNICUS 3. We will try to build common projects on the base of ideas 4. We will prepare examples of indexes and analysis of image, it will be available on
  16. 16. THANK YOU FOR ATTENTION Team 1 hackathon-2019/