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Supporting National Agriculture Monitoring in Eastern Africa

National Crop Monitors
What We Do

A combined effort from multiple projects supporting national agencies to develop and maintain Earth observations-based agricultural monitoring systems. 

Location

Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, ICPAC Region

How Satellites Make This Work

A lack of timely and accurate information on crop conditions and prospects is a critical issue in the majority of south and east African countries. Such information is necessary for informed and prompt decision-making in the face of emergencies, food insecurity and planning requirements for agricultural markets. A series of projects are addressing these needs through the development of relevant, user-friendly remote sensing monitoring systems, advanced mobile field data collection tools and collaborative internet technologies, working in close collaboration with established in-country partners. Systems include the GEOGLAM Crop Monitor systems, at national and regional scales, Global Agriculture Monitoring System (GLAM), Early Warning Explorer (EWX), and GeoODK. EO data used include MODIS, VIIRS, CHIRPS Rainfall and satellite-derived data and a series of crop masks derived from various systems including Landsat and Sentinel 2.

Lead
Jan Dempewolf, University of Maryland
Inbal Becker-Reshef, University of Maryland
Catherine Nakalembe, University of Maryland
Team Members
Greg Husak, University of California Santa Barbara

Martin Owor, Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda
Marystella Mtalo, Ministry of Agriculture, Tanzania
Innocent Bisanwa, MINAGRI, Rwanda
Tom Dienya, Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya
Lilian Wangui, Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)
Kenneth Kemucie Mwangi, IGAD Climate Predictions and Applications Center (ICPAC)
Shrad Shukl, University of California, Santa Barbara