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AfriCultuReS: using space technologies and geospatial standards to improve Food Security in Africa

Mar González Corbella and Juan Suarez

(Submission #345)


The EU, over the years has consistently demonstrated its commitment to Africa’s sustainable development and prosperity. The EU together with African leaders are working collectively to address the challenges that the African continent is facing, while also developing strategies that will exploit the opportunities that Africa offers. In this context, the EU is collaborating with the African Union, African governments, the private sector, research institutions, the UN and other development partners to ensure the attainment of the SDGs in the continent. This is made possible through building appropriate partnerships at country, regional and global levels that provide unique opportunities to stakeholders such as the EU to address the critical challenges facing the continent.

As part of its overall development strategy in Africa, the EU and the African Union have identified critical institutional capacity gaps and the knowledge base to support sustainable development interventions, which includes addressing food and nutrition security. There is a need to develop a comprehensive mechanism to build institutional capacities and knowledge platform for sustainable development at national, regional and continental levels, where geospatial technologies may pay a key role. Within this context the EC is funding the “Enhancing Food Security and Agricultural Systems in Africa using Remote Sensing” AfriCultuReS project (GA No.: 774652) under the EU H2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

To achieve the objectives of the EU Africa partnerships, there is a need to establish a continental level knowledge generation and to share platform with the aim of providing the necessary data and analytical tools. It should support evidence based decision making planning; sharing, replicating and up scaling good practices; developing monitoring and evaluation capabilities for demonstrating results, accountability and transparency; and ensuring capacity building, ownership and sustainability.

In this context the principles guiding the implementation of the EU’s INSPIRE Directive, and good practices as well as methodologies followed to set-up the INSPIRE SDI, constitute a unique example for the implementation of a cross-border initiative aimed at the development of interoperable, sharable, re-usable and discoverable geospatial services on food security in Africa like AfriCultuReS. Therefore the INSPIRE principles are inherently part of AfriCultuReS. The AfriCultuReS project also aims to contribute to EuroGEOSS, which aims at the so-called 3Cs: coordination of user driven activities to ensure a coherent European contribution to GEOSS, the combination or integration of activities to reach critical-mass of use and the cooperation beyond individual programmes and user communities in Europe.


Topic Area:  [2.3] Global cooperation
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   Yes
Data Provider:   No
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   No
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   No
Thematic specialists:   Yes
Other_theme:   Food Security and SDGs implementation specialists
Comments:   Africa, Food Security, Sustainable Development, Interoperability, Data Sharing, Discovery

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