Earth observation for food security in Mozambique
The AfriCultuReS workshop for Mozambique was held on February 25.
The experts who assessed the AfriCultuReS platform (see https://africultures-platform.eu/) liked
the easily accessible interface, the user-friendliness of the platform and that a lot of data are offered at low or no cost. A minus is that there is (still) no option to add your own data and that bad connectivity may slow down navigation and downloading data.
They advised to provide a translation into Portuguese and to provide training in the use of the platform for different target groups, such as policy makers, extension workers and farmers. An extension of use cases for Mozambique was requested that includes more crops and attention for rainfed agriculture. More specific topics were also mentioned, such as land degradation maps, very high resolution imagery for monitoring of dykes, assessment of hay production for livestock and development of mobile apps for farmers.
The easy access to high resolution images, the demarcation of different types of land use (forest, agriculture), provision of information on climate and many aspects related to agriculture and the availability of time series that allow identification of trends (deforestation, production, etc.) were considered especially useful.
AfriCultuReS Mozambique use cases presentation in Portuguese
AfriCultuReS Mozambique services demo
AfriCultuReS Mozambique platform demo
AfriCultuReS user requirements stakeholder workshops
In 2018 workshops were held in Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique and South Africa to assess user needs related to Earth observation for food security.
Workshop participants working in groups, Mozambique