AfriCultuReS

AfriCultuReS (AFRIcan AgriCULTUral Systems with the Support of REmote Sensing) aims at providing decision makers with tools for tackling Food Security in Africa with a greater operational capability.
The tool develops an open source Agricultural Geospatial Decision Support System (AGDSS), co-designed with the users and totally operational.
The functionality of the AGDSS will be based on the combined use of crop growth models, in-situ data and weather and climate information with satellite Earth Observation data. In a word, AfriCultuReS provides space based agricultural production services.
AfriCultuReS is supported by the major actors, GEO – Group of Earth Observations and the African Union through its technical body NEPAD. This fact ensures the alignment of AfriCultuReS with the requirements set in the call. Additionally the African Development Bank has expressed its support to AfriCultuReS.
 

Objectives:

AfriCultuReS will develop a comprehensive solution to enrich Decision Making on food security through an open source Agricultural Geospatial Decision Support System (AGDSS) which handles:
  • Crop Growth Models of the chosen test sites across Africa
  • In situ data of the chosen test sites: soil, crop cycles, water needs, extreme performances
  • Weather forecast and climate information from climate services
  • Exploitation of archived satellite data, namely Copernicus constellations
These elements will be tightly woven to provide an integrated SDSS platform in two phases: the preoperational phase shall operate over pilot areas representative of different African agricultural systems while the operational phase shall upscale the results to serve larger areas. In a word, AfriCultuReS provides space based agricultural production services (crops and livestock) 
 
Partners:
  • GMV Aerospace and Defence S.A.U. (ES)
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR)
  • Centre for Remote Sensing and GIS, Univ of Ghana (GH)
  • Centre Régional AGRHYMET (NE)
  • DRAXIS Environmental S.A. (GR)
  • Euardo Mondlane University (MZ)
  • GeoSAS (ET)
  • HCP International (NL)
  • LocateIT (KE)
  • Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (TN)
  • Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale. Sapienza University of Rome (IT)
  • South African National Space Agency (ZA)
  • Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SE)
  • University of Cantabria, Meteorology Group (ES)
  • University of Leeds (UK)
  • University of Sheffield (UK)
  • Centre for GIS and Remote Sensing, Univ. of Rwanda (RW)