Drought and Flood Mitigation Service to support Uganda's farmers

The protection of Uganda’s agriculture is the foundation for maintaining a sustainable food security system and the economy of the country. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, 80% of the Ugandan population relies upon farming for its livelihood. However, recurrent dry spells lately characterized the seasons in the country, which have resulted in extended lean periods and lowered crop and livestock productivity. Responding to the effects of climate change and predicting potential droughts and floods have, therefore, became a priority for the country.

Weather-related extreme events not only have a negative impact on food security and supply, they also affect the incomes of households working in the agriculture sector. The UK Space Agency and a consortium integrated by UK companies and led by RHEA Group have joined forces with the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment and local NGOs to develop a Drought and Flood Mitigation Service (DFMS) that will help Ugandan farmers respond to effects in agriculture effectively. The DFMS will use satellite- and ground-based data combined with drought and flood models to produce and share better forecasts for the management of water resources.

Environment Early Warning Platform

The DFMS will use an innovative, open-source Environment Early Warning Platform (EWP) to communicate with local farmers on actions to be taken throughout the growing season to maximize crop yields.

Optical and radar sensors can provide an accurate picture of the acreage being cultivated while also differentiating between crop types and determining their health and maturity. The EWP will assimilate these diverse data sources, ranging from satellite and meteorological data to community/mobile sources that are obtained in the field. This integrated platform uses cloud technologies for flexible deployment and processing and will provide support to governmental and local stakeholders, including commercial agribusinesses.

One of the most innovative aspects of the project is its potential replicability in other areas in Africa and the rest of the planet. Once proven, the system will be adaptable globally for any similar area. The project will also generate evidence of use enabling further sustainable development through user buy-in from the government and the independent sector and through commercialization of information dissemination.

The DFMS will use an innovative, open-source Environment Early Warning Platform (EWP) to communicate with local farmers on actions to be taken throughout the growing season to maximise the crops yields.
Uganda

UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Program

The project is part of the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), a 5-year, £152 million program designed to partner UK space expertise with governments and organizations in emerging and developing economies around the world in order to deliver a sustainable economic or societal benefit.

The Consortium

RHEA Group is leading a consortium integrated by UK companies including Environment Systems, Pixalytics, Databasix, AA International, AgriTechTalk International, HR Wallingford, UK Met Office, Mercy Corps, and Oxford Policy Management. The consortium will work together with international partners, including the Uganda Government Ministries, Kakira Sugar Company, and the NGO Green Dreams/iCOW to ensure the success of the project.

 

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