New satellite technology unveiled to manage food security


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A new satellite technology tool has been unveiled to help five African countries among them Kenya to manage food security.

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The tool harnesses the latest Earth observation and satellite technology to help Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Tanzania to address food security as well as issues relating to agriculture, deforestation, and water access.

The government intends to use data cube technology to generate data needed in ensuring food security which is one of the pillars under the ‘Big Four’ agenda.

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The Africa Regional Data Cube provides vast quantities of freely available and timely satellite data that will help in reducing wastage while ensuring innovation and effective production.

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The Africa Regional Data Cube layers satellite imagery in an analysis-ready format that allows users to easily see and understand changes in urbanization, deforestation, and crop formation over a period of time.

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It will allow users in the region to apply satellite-based Earth observation data to address local and national needs and development strategies

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Claire Melamed, CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. The tool will be used to harnesses the latest Earth observation and satellite technology to help Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Tanzania address food security as well as issues relating to agriculture, deforestation, and water access.

 

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