Water scarcity and food security are topics of utmost importance amongst the ever-expanding population of Africa. Due to a general lack of water resources availability and/or development in the semi-arid and arid zones, water is generally the limiting factor for agricultural production.
Ground data and models gathered by eLEAF and supported by DMCii satellite images provides farmers with timely and detailed field and crop information throughout the growing season. This supports the farmers in improving their crop production at the same time as their economic returns/income. Farmers are given the option to make informed decisions regarding the management of their land and water resources. This in turn enhances farmers’ negotiation capacity with water and farm related service providers.
DMCii uses a constellation approach to ensure cloud free imagery can provided on a regular and timely basis over large areas at least 160km wide. DMCii are the only satellite imaging company who can provide this important data at regular intervals, making them invaluable to the project.
So far, feedback from the farmers and local partners (agricultural staff) in the pilot areas in the four African countries is encouraging. eLEAF data provides valuable insights in a wide variety of crop specific information and is not restricted by political borders.