Space for Agriculture in Developing Countries

The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (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 will give 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.

About the Panelists

The Webinar will be co-hosted by David Taverner (Caribou Space on behalf of the UK Space Agency) and Jacqueline Parker (Environment Systems). They will highlight examples, challenges and lessons, providing guidance and ways to find further information and resources.