Unstable situation in Ethiopia
Due to the unstable situation in Ethiopia information on the Ethiopia use case on crop mapping for the production of crop statistics will become available later than anticipated.
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.
Reliable information is needed for any development and the emergence of GIS (geographic information systems) and remote sensing supports the delivery of this type of information. However, in Ethiopia the Information is not ready for decision-making yet. There still is a lack of available high-resolution satellite imagery, a lack of infrastructure and a lack of capacity, skills and knowledge. Support is needed in the areas of watershed management, river basin management, groundwater resources assessment, risk mapping, irrigation mapping, spatial analysis of human settlements, water supply and electricity.
The project AfriCultuReS can help address this issue. The support of the European Union to this project reflects the consistent European commitment to the development of Africa. Through this collaboration and cooperation with the public sector, the private sector and knowledge institutions better information provision that benefits decision-making for good governance in Africa can be achieved.
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.