AGRICAB builds on geonetcast, connecting satellite data and predictive models in the context of GEO (Group on Earth Observations). The project addresses three main topics:
- sustained data access,linking satellite data providers with geonetcast and providing the necessary tools to access the data
- enhancing observations through predictive modelling
- expose, discover, experience activities to allow a large community to learn and implement
The project is based upon interconnected activities acting as a ‘flywheel’ to enhance capacity across a wide range of stakeholders. the dedicated use cases in various African countries are designed to address policy issues related to livestock, crop systems and forest management.
In a GEO context, actions are taken to contribute to food security in Africa by enhancing the current global capabilities. Through increased use of earth observation Data. The project will result in a substantial uptake of earth observation techniques, Information and products by an increasingly large community of managers and decision makers in Africa. Through AGRICAB, “twinning partnerships” will be developed between European and African partners, to maximize knowledge transfer and integration.
Experiences learned will result in regional trainings to the member states of the Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS) in Tunisia, the Regional Centre for Mapping Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Kenya and the AGRHYMET regional centre in Niger, covering a large part of Africa. These activities will be linked with Africa wide Management and research initiatives and programmes on forest and agriculture.
AGRICAB is funded by the EC FP7 programme, it started in October 2011 and will last until March 2015.
AGRICAB partly originates from the DEVCOCAST Project (focused on GEONETCAST for and by developing countries) and is strongly linked to the GMFS project (Global Monitoring for Food Security).