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Ghana to increase food security via GIS

Ghana: Ghana has embarked on measures to monitor and control environmental hazards that negate good agriculture practices and food security as well as water resources management for agriculture and animal husbandry.

The measures which include interpreting and using information derived from satellites observations on the vegetation in the country falls under the African Monitoring of Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) project.

AMESD is an African initiative aimed at strengthening the operational use of earth observation technologies or satellites to ensure the viability of environmental and climate applications in Africa.

It is being funded by the European Commission which has mandated ECOWAS to implement the project in the 16 member-states which include Ghana, Benin, Ivory Coast, The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal and Chad.

Within its four years of existence, the project is expected, to help improve access by African users to existing basic earth observation data, development of regional information services to improve decision making process by African institutions, and also strengthen political and policy development frameworks, such as Global Earth Observation or Global Monitoring Environment and Security-Africa.

Dr Emmanuel Tachie-Obeng, of Environmental Protection Agency, said Ghana currently has a satellite that gathers data on the vegetation, bush fire levels, and weather patterns.

He said such data would be analysed to inform policy makers and other stakeholders on measures to take to ensure safe agricultural environment.

Dr Seyduo Traore, Head of Interstate Committee for Drought Control said AMESD initiative was to provide all African nations with the resources they needed to manage their environment more effectively and ensure long-term sustainable development.

Source: Ghana Gov