AFRIcan AgriCULTUral Systems with the Support of REmote Sensing | AFRICULTURES

Approval Date
November 2017

Project Duration
4 years

Project Status

Financial & Technical Partners

Financial partners  
European Commission (H2020)

Technical partners:
 A consortium composed of 16 partners

  • GMV Aerospace and Defence S.A.U. (ES) - leader
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR)
  • Centre for Remote Sensing and GIS, Univ of Ghana (GH)
  • AGRHYMET Regional Center (NE)
  • DRAXIS Environmental S.A. (GR)
  • Euardo Mondlane University (MZ)
  • GeoSAS (ET)
  • HCP International (NL)
  • LocateIT (KE)
  • Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale. Sapienza University of Rome (IT)
  • South African National Space Agency (ZA)
  • Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SE)
  • University of Cantabria, Meteorology Group (ES)
  • University of Leeds (UK)
  • University of Sheffield (UK)
  • Centre for GIS and Remote Sensing, Univ. of Rwanda (RW)


Role of OSS
As coordinator for the North Africa region, the OSS is responsible for providing products and services for the implementation of an integrated agricultural monitoring andearly warning system, supporting decision-making in the field of food safety, through the application of remote sensing technology.

In the first step of the project, 8 pilot areas across Africa have been defined to calibrate the crop models. For north Africa, the pilot sites are located in Tunisia.

Country of operations
Africa, with pilot zones in Tunisia, Niger, Ghana, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia

Main Beneficiaries
Decision-makers and natural resources/agriculture managers

The project aims to provide decision makers with tools to address food security challenges in Africa with more operational capacities. More precisely, the AfriCultuReS project will allow to:

  • Improve crop monitoring and forecasting methods in Africa;
  • Diminish the current  bias and errors found the zone maps and yields forecasting;
  • Share the European Commission’s knowledge in terms of agricultural observation/monitoring services  with African specialists;
  • Operationalize new monitoring /forecasting methodologies in Africa;
  • Provide  a platform capable of analyzing and integrating the information produced by the different sectors in order to evaluate and analyze food production;
  • Anticipate future threats related to climate change and propose sustainable adaptation measures for copping systems and livestock breeding;
  • Provide African decision makers with information and good practices related to food security  for a better decision making;
  • Strengthen capacities and increase the awareness of the decision makers concerned with food security in Africa through Earth Observation data and techniques;