Sector: Agriculture and Food Security


Beyond Borders Satellite Applications for Humanitarian Emergencies: East Africa case study

The UK Humanitarian Innovation Hub is a pilot programme, funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and hosted by Elrha, that seeks to identify the biggest challenges within and opportunities to address global humanitarian responses. Beyond Borders is a project funded by HIH with the objective to provide a consolidated view on […]

Regional and National Rice Production Forecasting in Peru (IPP Case Study)

Remote Sensing Applications Consultants Ltd (RSAC) has developed a regional and national rice production forecasting system for Peru within the Regional and National Rice Production Forecasting in Peru project, part of the UK Space Agency’s (UKSA) International Partnership Programme (IPP). Overall, the project seeks to generate agrarian statistics on rice production required by government more […]

EO4cultivar – Increasing the resilience and sustainability of agricultural supply chains operating between Latin America and the UK (IPP case study)

This case study demonstrates the successes and learnings of EO4cultivar. It sets out the evidence of the project’s impact on commercial agricultural supply chains operating between Colombia, Peru, Paraguay and the UK. The project worked by: Using satellite imagery and data services to offer decision support tools that provide intelligence and insights on agricultural practices […]

Crop Observation, Management Production Analysis Services System Project (COMPASS) (IPP 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, maize and wheat agriculture. 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 […]

Advanced Coffee Crop Optimisation for Rural Development (IPP Case Study)

The ‘Advanced Coffee Crop Optimisation for Rural Development’ (ACCORD) programme used satellite technology and weather data in an innovative way to provide tailored information to smallholder farmers in Kenya and Rwanda on their coffee crops. The farmers could thus make more timely and informed crop management decisions that would increase their income. The project ran […]

Advanced Coffee Crop Optimisation for Rural Development (IPP 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 […]



SIBELIUs – Providing Alerts for the Emergency Services in Mongolia (IPP Project Blog)

The SIBELIUs project has been working in collaboration with Mongolia’s National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring (NAMEM) and the PRISM initiative, supported by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure that Mongolia’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are alerted to adverse environmental conditions that might impact on Mongolia’s large herding community. This […]

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 […]

EO4Cultivar/Agri-track (Environment Systems) (IPP funded) 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) (IPP funded) 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) (IPP funded) 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 […]