The UK Space Agency’s (UKSA) International Partnership Programme (IPP) is a five-year, £30 million per year programme that uses the UK space sector’s research and innovation strengths to deliver sustainable, economic and societal benefit to developing countries. This includes six projects across Latin America, Africa and Asia focused on agriculture. A report authored for UKSA by Caribou Space, called Space for Agriculture in Developing Countries, was published in October 2018 and is available here.
GODAN Webinar: Space for Agriculture in Developing Countries
This webinar overviews the findings of this report highlighting that the space sector is well placed to contribute new types of information and tools to form part of the solution to the major challenges facing the agriculture sector today, in developing countries. 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 – EO enables supply chain optimisation.
- Sustainable management of environmental resources and supply chain traceability – EO improves the range of decision support tools for resource management and traceability.
- Resilience to climate change – EO improves the accuracy of early warning systems and affordability of insurance.
The webinar is co-hosted by David Taverner (Caribou Space on behalf of UK Space Agency) and Jacqueline Parker (Environment Systems). They will highlight examples, challenges and lessons, and provide guidance to further information and resources.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.