Sector: Agriculture


Advanced Coffee Crop Optimisation for Rural Development – Mid-line Case Study

This Case Study offers an overview of key successes and learnings of the UKSA IPP supported Advanced Coffee Crop Optimisation for Rural Development (ACCORD) project at the midpoint of implementation. The case study outlines the context within which the project is being implemented, the problem being addressed, solutions to the problem, partners involved, the pathway […]

PRISE-PAD Fall Armyworm SMS Alert Pilot Results

The PRISE project is funded by the United Kingdom Space Agency International Partnership Programme This study evaluates the effects of a pilot mobile SMS messages campaign on farmers’ knowledge and management of fall armyworm (FAW), an invasive pest of maize that is threatening food security in Kenya. The farmers’ participation in the SMS message system […]

Development from Space: A Summary of the IPP Midline Evaluation

The International Partnership Programme (IPP) is a five year, £30 million per year programme run by the UK Space Agency (UKSA). IPP uses the UK Space sector’s research and innovation strengths to deliver a sustainable economic, societal or environmental benefit to developing economies. IPP is funded from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy […]

Space for Policy in Developing Countries

This research is published by Caribou Space and London Economics on behalf of UK Space Agency International Partnership Progrmame. It aims to evidence the use of satellite-derived technologies as a tool to support government policy across five areas in developing countries: agriculture, climate change and the environment, disaster resilience, forestry, and urban and transport. The […]

Adoption and Impact of Earth Observation for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

This report is the result of a close and productive collaboration between ESA and some of the key International Financial Institutions (IFIs) over thelast decade. Together with the World Bank (WB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), ESA have been evaluating the benefits (quantitative and qualitative) that satellite […]

Mexican Crop Observation, Management & Production Analysis Services System (COMPASS): Case Study

The Crop Observation, Management and Production Analysis Services System (COMPASS) uses satellite Earth observation (EO) data to help smallholder farmers manage their sugar cane and wheat farms. It helps optimise crop productivity by identifying factors that cause the yield gap between crop potential and actual field performance. It also provides agronomic support to advisory services, […]

Monitoring Crop Health from Space; Improving Drought Resilience for Farmers in Kenya

A high-resolution Vegetation Health Index (VHI) is proposed as an indicator of the water stress condition of vegetation cover. This index integrates satellite-derived vegetation and thermal information; it is a function of NDVI (Normalised Difference Vegetation Index, derived from Sentinel-2) and LST (Land Surface brightness Temperature, from MODIS). The VHI has already been tested experimentally […]

Space for Finance in Developing Countries

This research was conducted by Caribou Space for the International Partnership Programme, a five-year, £30 million per year initiative run by the UK Space Agency. This report outlines why and how the space industry has a role to play in addressing challenges within the finance sector in developing countries. It is part of a series […]



UK Space Agency IPP’s Agri-Webinar

The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP) hosted an online workshop on Thursday 29th October for the agricultural projects in IPP. Eleven projects attended, represented by ~35 attendees. The objective of the session was to provide a forum for networking and sharing of knowledge and lessons between the IPP projects, with the work undertaken […]

What does innovation taste like?

Original post here. SF Bay Coffee Company is a shining example of innovations for smallholder farmers in the African coffee business designed to improve livelihoods and sustainability. Farming five hectares in Kigoma Sector SF Bay’s 20,000 coffee trees sit at 1,743-1,935 metres above sea level. This location experiences varying temperature levels of 16-25 degrees, perfect for […]

Why conscious consumerism can help unlock sustainability for coffee farmers

From the move to re-usable coffee cups and paper straws, to the purchasing of products from retailers with strong ethics statements, coffee-drinkers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of their consumption habits. To continue to meet demand, many businesses are implementing sustainability initiatives, showcasing their commitments to ethical procurement processes, and demonstrating their corporate social responsibility.

IPP ACCORD project endorsed by farmers in latest survey results

Original post here. The success of the ACCORD project relies critically on the enthusiastic adoption of the service by the farmers themselves. Even the smartest technology is ultimately useless if the users themselves don’t embrace it. A critical part of measuring the success and the impact of the ACCORD technology and service has therefore been […]

UK Space Agency IPP – Advanced Coffee Crop Optimisation for Rural Development (ACCORD)

ACCORD, led by Earth-i and co-funded from the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), uses satellite-enabled data to improve the livelihoods and incomes of smallholder coffee farmers. In November 2018, the IPP team travelled to Rwanda to meet with the international partners who help deliver the project’s impacts. Coffee is a crucial global commodity. […]

SatSummit 2018 – Satellite Data for Global Development

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 […]

Partnerships for Pest Risk Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa

The UK Space Agency visit Ghana to meet with the PRISE project team An estimated 40% of the world’s crops are lost to pests[1], impacting on smallholder farmers’ ability to feed their families, on international trade and food supply chains, and hampering the pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 2 (No Poverty and Zero […]


Project & Product Information

Land Cover® plus Crops (Remote Sensing Applications Consultants) Overview Land Cover plus Crops is a solution developed by Remote Sensing Applications Consultants (RSAC) to provide detailed annually updated crop maps of Great Britain. It provides parcel-level information derived from Earth observation (EO) data for every field in the country. It is now being applied in developing countries to offer improved understanding of […]

Land Resource Evaluation Service for Agricultural Activity and Production (Booker Tate) Overview High resolution Earth observation (EO) imagery and digital surface models are used to provide rapid assessment of land resources for defining Areas of Interest (AOI) for more specific ground truthing via detailed topographical, soil and geotechnical surveys to assess land agriculture potential. This gives a rapid assessment of land potential for agriculture by […]

Agri-track (Environment Systems) Overview Agri-track enables agri-businesses to receive up-to- date crop monitoring and forecasting information in formats they are familiar with (data, alerts, maps) that are compatible with their own corporate or crop management systems, enabling them to make near-real time decisions based on crop intelligence that scales from the field to countrywide. Crop- specific monitoring […]

Agriculture Simulations (Sensonomic) Overview Agriculture Simulations makes use of Earth observation (EO) data to solve challenges for agricultural planning, harvesting, logistics and long-term food systems resilience in a changing climate. It gives dynamic insight into complex human and natural systems by combining computational simulations and EO data. It enables both short-term operational and long-term strategic decision-making by […]

WeatherSafe Platform (WeatherSafe) Overview The WeatherSafe platform provides field specific advice for coffee farmers. This is generated from satellite Earth observation (EO) data and bespoke weather forecasts, offering early warnings for pest and disease, supporting agronomist and farmer decisions making, helping farmers make faster, better choices which directly impact both the quality and quantity of coffee produced. […]

Pest Prediction (CABI) Overview Pest Prediction aims to produce cutting edge research to provide pest and disease monitoring and forecast information, integrating multiple sources of data, Earth observation (EO), meteorological and vertical looking radar, to support decision making in the sustainable management of insect pests and diseases. Predictive models on wheat rust severity that are passed to […]

Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE) (CABI) Overview Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE) is an innovative crop pest and disease risk forecasting product designed for smallholders and commercial producers in developing countries. Bringing together a broad range of stakeholders, including plant protection authorities, space experts, private sector companies, and the farmers themselves, PRISE uses state-of-the-art crop and pest modelling techniques to […]

Advanced Coffee Crop Optimisation for Rural Development (ACCORD) (Earth-i) Overview Advanced Coffee Crop Optimisation for Rural Development (ACCORD) provides proactive, targeted crop management information to improve the livelihoods and incomes of smallholder coffee farmers in Rwanda and Kenya. The crop management advice, which is delivered via a mobile app, is derived from satellite Earth observation (EO) and advanced micro-climate information. The information helps […]