NASA: Informing food policy with satellite imagery

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has agreed to provide satellite images, maps and other regional observation data to West African governments. Launched in Niger on 14 July 2016, the SERVIR-West Africa programme – a joint NASA and USAID initiative – aims to support decision-making through space-based technologies. It will provide important data to inform food and agricultural policymaking, in a region where agriculture is highly vulnerable to climate change and variable rainfall. The programme will initially be rolled out across four countries (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger and Senegal).

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.