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Kenya Hosts First Ever Africa Regional Data Cube Launch

  May 4, 2018

Food security concerns across Sub- Saharan countries, are not a new phenomenon. With an estimate of 239 million people under the scare of starvation in Sub Saharan Africa, measures to ensure that quality food production is at its optimum is more crucial than ever.

Climate change and global warming effects are among the major threats to agriculture and food production. In 2007, the United Nations predicted that zones struck by drought in Sub-Saharan Africa might increase from 60 Million to 90 Million hectares from then to 2060.

Strathmore Business School will host The Africa Regional Data Cube workshop, from 7th – 11th May 2018, converging senior decision makers to launch and access training on the latest tool in harnessing current earth observation and satellite technology.

The Africa Regional Data Cube; will help Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Tanzania, address food security concerns as well as issues relating to agriculture, deforestation, and water access.

The data cube was developed by the Committee on Earth Observation Satellite (CEOS), in partnership with the Group on Earth Observations, Amazon Web Services, office of the Deputy President, Republic of Kenya and Strathmore University in Kenya.

Vast quantities of freely available and timely satellite data offer a real opportunity to grow smarter, waste less, and to innovate for efficient, effective production. However, the burden of satellite data management and analysis has been a barrier to success, with developing countries generally lacking the capacity to use this data to assess local resources, land, and water, and monitor agriculture production and land change.

The Africa Regional Data Cube layers satellite imagery in an analysis-ready format that allows users to more easily see and understand changes in a landscape over time – such as urbanization, deforestation, crop formation.

The Africa Regional Data Cube will provide important solutions to government ministries, national statistical agencies, geographic institutes, research scientists, civil society, and beyond. It will allow users in the region to apply satellite-based Earth Observation data to address local and national needs and development strategies, meet international initiatives such as the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and support the upcoming 2020 round of censuses in African countries — the most significant data collection exercise for a decade.

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