The satellite technology at the forefront of successful farming in Uganda
Earth Observation data to produce better forecasts
The farmers currently receive weather forecast information via the radio. However, they tend to use their indigenous methods to predict the rainfall. Unlike the current weather forecasts, DFMS provides local prediction, with a parish level detail, ensuring more specific and accurate data. The project uses satellite imaginery that integrates weather and hydrological data to provide local agricultural officers with a wide and comprehensive set of information that is later communicated to the farmers.
“The trip was very useful in highlighting the structural challenges to overcome: building confidence in weather forecasts, dissemination of the information to the District Agriculture Offices, and the lack of network infrastructure and high illiteracy rates. We took home the confidence that we are on the right track. We are motivated for the future by the knowledge that we can have a great impact on the everyday life of Ugandans,” he concluded.
The project is part of the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), a 5-year, £152 million programs 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.
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