EO4SD workshop in Ethiopia: Building Capacity on Earth Observation


Ethiopia is the second-most populous country in sub-Saharan Africa with a population that surpassed 100 million in 2015. According to IFAD estimates agriculture is the primary source of income for more than 85 per cent of Ethiopia’s population with smallholder farmers producing 90 to 95 per cent of the country’s agricultural output.

The ESA’s EO4SD (Earth Observation for Sustainable Development) “Agriculture and Rural Development Cluster” will be supporting a series of ongoing projects in Ethiopia with information provided by Earth Observation technology, which is in fact exceptionally well suited to support the implementation of long-term and large-scale development programs and projects while contributing to fulfill the data and information gaps concerning the status and change in land use, vegetation cover, agricultural production and water productivity.

As part of its activities, the EO4SD - Agriculture and Rural cluster has developed a Capacity Building Plan, which aims to ensure an increased engagement and awareness of EO capabilities among staff working for Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), their client countries and the various (inter)national governmental and non-governmental organisations involved in projects to be implemented in Ethiopia. The purpose is to demonstrate the opportunities and benefits of using EO-based information services so that they become an integral part of the planning, operational, monitoring and evaluation phases of projects.

Therefore, a regional workshop will be organised in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), from 5 to 9 February at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Campus. This training is composed of three blocks that will address:

  • Building basic Earth Observation (EO) and Geographical Information System (GIS) knowledge (theory and hands-on)
  • Introduction of the project and services, emphasising their added value for project managers and Task Team Leaders (TTLs)
  • In-depth knowledge and hands-on training related to the service generation and uptake

During these five days the participants will learn about EO-derived services and products developed by European industry while deepening their knowledge of EO and GIS concepts and tools using state-of-the-art open source software. Moreover, they will also be introduced to recent technological developments and available data sources related to these fields.

One of the highlights of the workshop will take place during the third day: a dedicated session that will target project implementation teams. Therefore, TTLs and high-level managers are invited and encouraged to participate in presentations and round table discussions about the added value that EO services bring to project cycles.

If you would like to attend the EO4SD regional workshop in Ethiopia, do not hesitate to contact us!


Caption: Land cover map of central Ethiopia derived from Sentinel-2 data. Credit: EO4SD Agriculture Cluster (GeoVille for ESA/IFAD/WB, 2017).