Enhancing Food Security in African AgriCultural Systems with the support of Remote Sensing.


Project Number : 774652
Budget : € 8.531.533
Starting date : 01/11/2017
Duration : 48 months


Integrated agricultural monitoring and early warning system
AfriCultuReS aims to design, implement and demonstrate an integrated agricultural monitoring and early warning system that will support decision making in the field of food security. AfriCultuReS delivers a broad range of climatic, production, biophysical and economic information, for various regions in Africa. AfriCultuReS applies geospatial science to sustainable agricultural development, natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, and poverty alleviation in Africa.

Key players
AfriCultuReS, supported by the GEO Secretariat, involves all key players of AfriGEOSS, GEOGLAM, SIGMA, ARTEMIS, African Drought Observatory and other initiatives as well as partners representing the diversity of African agricultural systems, in an effort to push forward the services provided by current systems, with innovative fusion of data from multiple sources (EO, in-situ, citizen-based crowdsourcing, climate services and weather, crop models) in a vertical manner. Crop yield and biomass prediction models is enhanced through the fusion of EO data and climate models, emphasizing the use of the complementary sensors of the EU Sentinels constellation.

Geospatial products are combined in a spatial Decision Support System (DSS) to enrich decision making and risk assessment. The geo component of the DSS is compliant with the GEO’s interoperability standards, allowing its integration with the current services of the GEOSS Common Infrastructure.

African networks
The African partners and collaborating networks are essential for local training and promoting further use of the project tools. Social innovation is used to increase the number of involved stakeholders and to boost the flow of information in a user-friendly manner. The final target is to produce a web tool that supports early decision-making for the stakeholders of African food production.


Work Packages
WP 1 Project Management and Scientific & Technical Coordination
WP 2 AfriCultuReS Scoping and Framework and Requirements Assessment
WP 3 Data Harvesting and Service Portfolio Design and Prototyping
WP 4 Service Development, Integration and Testing, Validation and Demonstration
WP 5 Communication, Capacity Building and Sustainability and Exploitation Plan


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