September 11, 2017
AMCOMET Africa Hydromet Forum 2017
By 2050 global food production will need to double to combat hunger, malnutrition, and to meet the needs of a growing population. Data has the potential to contribute to solving agriculture and nutrition challenges. It is within this context and the GODAN Action project that CTA, RCMRD and partners will host a side event titled “Leveraging Weather Data for Agriculture and Nutrition Challenges in Africa” on 12 September 2017 during the the 2017 AMCOMET-Africa Hydromet Forum.
ICTS are changing the lives of millions of ACP farmers, allowing them to transfer money, call input dealers to order supplies and negotiate prices with traders, all without having to leave their farm. Whilst access to smartphones, network signal and internet in some rural areas may still be limited, the use of basic feature phones is widespread and the accessibility of mobile phone services is rapidly improving.
In my years in both the manned and unmanned aerial survey environment, I have seen the importance of mapping for the farmer. Farmers rely heavily on this information for planning and management. Some may say that farmers are the first geographic information systems (GIS) users despite them not using computers, fancy software or satellite data. To manage large tracts of land requires planning and data, as it is nearly impossible to tackle such operations as they arise or ad hoc.
CTA has invested over €150,000 to investigate the technical and business feasibility of satellite data-enabled irrigation advisory services in Ghana, as it takes the lead in formulating a 'big proposal' to develop a project along similar lines to its Market-led User-owned ICT4AG-enabled Information Service (MUIIS) project in Uganda.