Our aim is food security in Africa

AfriCultuReS is a European H2020 project



AfriCultuReS has started!

The kick-off meeting was held in Addis Ababa on November 23 and 24, 2017, organized jointly by GMV, the project coordinator, and GeoSAS, the host.

There were opening speeches of His Excellency Dr. Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity of Ethiopia, Dr. Franz Immler, Head of the sector Climate Action of the Executive Agency for SMEs of the European Commission, and Dr. Tidiane Outtara, Head of the GMES & Africa Support Programme Unit of the African Union.

See also:
Supporting farmers in Africa with European Earth Observation technology
GMES and AFRICA participates in AfriCultuReS H2020 kick-off meeting

Dr. Seleshi Bekele

His Excellency
Dr. Seleshi Bekele

The Honourable Minister indicated that food security and agriculture are among the most pressing priorities for Africa. Many Ethiopians depend on agriculture and it is the most important economic activity. Agriculture, however, faces a number of challenges: developmental, environmental and disasters, such as drought and erratic rainfall. A concerted effort of all stakeholders is needed to successfully achieve sustainable agricultural development.


Dr. Franz Immler

Opening by Dr. Franz Immler

Dr. Franz Immler opened the AfriCultuReS project on behalf of EASME and DG RTD Earth observation section
(Directorate-General for Research and Innovation).
He highlighted the main elements of the H2020 programme (the Research and Innovation programme of the European Union that runs from 2014 to 2020), with its three pillars of excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges, and the division of responsibilities with respect to supervision and support of implementation.


Dr. Tidiane Ouattara

The importance of food security

Dr. Ouattara outlined the importance of food security for Africa. The AfriCultuReS project is therefore very relevant.
The approach of AfriCultuReS is innovative, by involving the end-users and stakeholders. In the past 20 years the Earth observation community has worked too much in isolation.


EuroGEOSS launch

AfriCultuReS in the EuroGEOSS launch

The AfriCultuReS project was presented as one of the example projects in the EuroGEOSS launch event that was organized in the week of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), held in Washington DC from October 23 – 26, 2017.
Professor Pierre Defourny of the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium highlighted AfriCultuReS in his presentation on the EuroGEOSS agricultural pilot.

More information on EuroGEOSS

Kick-off meeting


Juan Suarez, Business Development Manager at GMV, Spain
“Excited to coordinate such an exceptional group of people working together to meet the challenge of improving food security in Africa.”

Mark Noort, Director at HCP international, the Netherlands
"The SBAM (Satellite Based Agricultural Monitoring) project, funded by Italian Space agency and covering Kenya (http://sbam.psm.uniroma1.it/), is very much in line with the objectives of AfriCultuReS!"

Erick Khamala, Managing Director at LocateIT, Kenya
“CELEBRATING THE POWER OF GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGIES IN AFRICA: IMPROVING FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA. Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta recently unveiled a four point action plan for his second term in office (2017 – 2022), among which is enhancing the country’s food and nutrition security.


On the field





17 - 19/04 7th Digital Earth Summit,
El Jadida, Morocco
more information..
17 - 19/04 GIS for a Sustainable World,
Geneva, Switzerland
more information..
26 - 28/04 AfriGEOSS Symposium,
Libreville, Gabon
02 - 04/05 3rd GEO data providers workshop,
Frascati, Italy
more information
08 - 10/05 ICT4D (Information & Communications Technology for Development),
Lusaka, Zambia
more information..


Zero hunger

AfriCultuReS contibutes to SDG 2 Zero Hunger

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 774652