The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Agroforestry (ICRAF) organised the III Workshop of the Integrated Approach Programme on Fostering Sustainability and Resilience for Food Security in sub-Saharan Africa (III GEFIAP-FS Workshop) that took place at the Akayet Hotel in Bolgatanga, Ghana on 12-15 March 2019.
Launched in 2017, the GEF-IAP-FS Programme is a unique collaboration among 12 African countries – Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda – and several development partners committed to contributing to a paradigm shift in African agriculture: one which puts emphasis on the importance of natural capital and ecosystem services to enhance agricultural productivity and help ensure the food security of a rapidly growing population.
The EO4SD Agriculture Cluster was kindly invited by the organisers to deliver a presentation “Earth Observation for Sustainable Agricultural Development” on Friday, 15 March that informed and built awareness among IAP FS workshop participants of the utility, benefits and potential constraints of using Earth Observation information services in IAP FS operations and analytical products in the agriculture and wider sustainable development sectors. Based on practical examples from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Niger, the focus of this day was on harnessing Earth Observation information services as demonstrated under the ESA Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) initiative to support:
- monitoring of agricultural production and productivity
- food security and agriculture risk management
- irrigation system development and management
- environmental impact assessments
- M&E of sustainable land management.
Presentations where provided by the EO4SD partners eLEAF and DHI and by the IAP Ethiopia representative Tesfaye Haile from the UNDP, who provided a nice peer-to-peer overview how Earth Observation aided him in his work!