Webinar: Space for Agriculture in Developing Countries

 

The full Webinar on Space for Agriculture in Developing Countries, recorded on June 6, 2019, is now available to view (see below). It is part of a series of Webinars produced by GODAN and the CTA, featuring innovative projects, informative studies and capacity development undertaken by GODAN Partners - and the impact of the work in the field of agriculture.

We are delighted to have David Taverner (Caribou Space on behalf of the UK Space Agency) and Jacqueline Parker (Environment Systems) talking about the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP). They highlight examples, challenges and lessons, providing guidance and ways to find further information and resources.

The IPP is a five-year, 30 million GBP per-year programme that uses the UK space sector’s research and innovation strengths to deliver sustainable economic and societal benefit to developing countries. It includes six projects across Latin America, Africa and Asia, focused on agriculture. A report authored and published in October 2018 by Caribou Space for the UK Space Agency called "Space for Agriculture in Developing Countries" is available here.

 

 

 

This Webinar gives an overview of the findings of the report, outlining how the space sector is well placed to contribute new types of information and tools, forming part of the solution to the major challenges facing the agriculture sector in developing countries today. Space solutions can support four key actions to tackle these challenges:

  • Increase production – Earth observation (EO) improves the accuracy and relevance of decision support tools and affordability of credit products.
  • Improve supply chain efficiency to reduce losses – Earth observation enables supply chain optimisation.
  • Sustainable management of environmental resources and supply chain traceability – Earth observation improves the range of decision support tools for resource management and traceability.
  • Resilience to climate change – Earth observation improves the accuracy of early warning systems and affordability of insurance.

 

Special thanks to Suchith Anand and Chipo Msengezi who produced the Webinar.