David Taverner of Caribou Space presented for UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme at SatSummit 2018.
SatSummit convenes leaders in the satellite industry and experts in global development for in-depth conversations on solving the world’s most critical development challenges with satellite data. From climate change to population growth to natural resource availability, earth observation data offers insights into today’s biggest global issues.
The benefits of space for agriculture were presented, including:
- Increase production through decision support tools and affordability of credit
- Improve supply chain efficiency to reduce losses
- Sustainable management of environmental resources and supply chain traceability
- Resilience to climate change through accuracy of early warning systems and affordability of insurance
The forecast impacts of IPP’s agricultural portfolio were also presented, including:
- Six projects (~£21M), in 8 countries, for potatoes, grapes, bananas, wheat, sugarcane, coffee, rice & palm oil
- 3-5% yield gain for 5,000 farmers. One project aiming to double yields for 25,000 farmers
- 5-25% increase in insurance penetration and 10% decrease in premiums, improving resilience to climate change
- Improving efficiency and reducing losses from pests, disease, drought and floods
- 1M hectares of land under sustainable management
Further information on the role of space and IPP programme’s efforts global agricultural challenges are available in this report: Space for Agriculture in Developing Countries.