Decision-makers in the Philippines learn how EO can help optimise agricultural practices


The EO4SD – Agriculture cluster packed in busy days during July. After three extensive training days in Cambodia, project partners from the Netherlands (eLEAF and Satelligence), representing the consortium, travelled to Philippines for a new edition of the EO4SD InfoSession.

InfoSession meetings were conceived by the Agriculture cluster as 1-2 days sessions that would address high-level representatives of Multilateral Development Banks (MDB), Government authorities, and Development Organisations on a specific area of interest. The goal is to build awareness on the utility and potential benefits of using Earth Observation services for agriculture and rural development, specifically in support of agricultural planning, monitoring, and management of MDB related programs and projects.

On this occasion, the Asian Development Bank based in the Philippine capital, Manila, welcomed the ESA´s EO4SD cluster during 25 and 26 July. One of the main purposes of this InfoSession was to share experiences and define potential collaborations between the EO4SD Rural Cluster and the ADB. 

The event took course over a day and a half: one plenary day included a consortium demonstration on analytics in the region related to the agricultural and rural development application domains.

The event was opened by Robert Guild, the ADB´s Chief Sector Officer who, in his opening speech, highlighted the importance of Satellite technology for the ADB.  There were more than 50 participants, including representatives from the ADB, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, Philippine government agencies such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the National Water Resources board and participants from Vietnam and Myanmar.

The general InfoSession programme addresses several topics, such as how EO-information can help monitor natural resources and increase agricultural productivity, optimising water use efficiency, mapping inundation frequency, and optimising Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) activities.

After two successful days of collaboration, the cluster continued its journey and is now preparing for InfoSessions in September at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. as well as at the International Fund for Agriculture Development in Rome.

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