Earth observation for food security in Niger
The AfriCultuReS platform (https://africultures-platform.eu/) was the main topic of discussion during the AfriCultuReS Niger workshop of March 3.
This is the opinion of the experts:
many services and products are offered, the design is user-friendly, the platform is easily accessible and multi-functional. A downside is that a good internet connection is needed, but not always available in Niger.
A French version was requested, instruction tutorials and videos are very much needed and the possibility to integrate your own data into the platform and to overlay different types of data would be very much appreciated. Special attention should be given to non-GIS and remote sensing experts as users. Specific requests related to more information about quantified biomass, soil fertility maps and a good link with transmission channels that are used to convey messages and warnings to farmers.
The fact that lots of data on different topics are available was considered very useful. Biomass monitoring, fire monitoring, water bodies monitoring, soil degradation and drought monitoring were mentioned as topics of interest for which the platform could be used.
AfriCultuReS Niger services demo
AfriCultuReS Niger platform demo