Agriculture is a strategic sector in countries such as Morocco and Burkina Faso, economically and socially. Agriculture production plays a major role in terms of food security, employment, etc. Whilst livelihoods of rural residents in Morocco makes up almost 40 percent of the total population, the agriculture sector provides of 80 percent employment of the active population in Burkina Faso.
The ESA’s EO4SD (Earth Observation for Sustainable Development) “Agriculture and Rural Development Cluster” will be supporting ongoing projects in Morocco (see country case here) and Burkina Faso (see country case here) with information coming from Earth Observation technology, which is in fact exceptionally well suited to support the implementation of long-term and large-scale development programs and projects resolving the data and information gaps concerning the status and change in land use, vegetation cover, agricultural production and water productivity.
As part of the activities, the EO4SD- Agriculture and Rural cluster has developed a Capacity Building Plan, which is meant 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 Morocco and Burkina Faso, among other countries. The purpose is demonstrating 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.
After a successful capacity building workshop in Ethiopia, a new workshop will be organised in Marrakech (Morocco), from 12 to 16 February at Chambre d'Agriculture de Marrakech. This workshop is composed of three blocks that will address:
- Two days for building basic Earth Observation (EO) and Geographical Information System (GIS) knowledge (theory and hands on)
- One day for introducing the project and services offered, emphasising on their added value for project managers and Task Team Leaders (TTLs)
- Two days for 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 in European industry while deepening their knowledge on 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 (14 March): a dedicated session that will target projects 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 Morocco, please do not hesitate to contact us!