Applications of EO for monitoring plant diseases and pest in West Africa

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Plant diseases and pests have significant impact on the production of crops and are the causes of yield loss in West Africa. Remote sensing technologies are useful tools in detecting pests and diseases over a large area. Currently AGRHYMET, using applications of EO data, acquires spatial distribution information of pest and crop disease over a large area. Based on this information, AGRHYMET advises ECOWAS Member States, regarding the current status of pest and crop diseases in the region.

Using SMS, MESA is saving lives and properties of fishermen in Ghana

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Using Short Message Service (SMS) of ocean conditions, the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Project is saving lives and properties of fishermen in Ghana. After registering list of telephone numbers of fishermen, fishermen are currently receiving early warning and alert information derived from the satellites automatically via their mobile phones. The messages are simple numbers ranging from 1 to 4. “When I receive number 4, I know what to do. The sea wave is dangerous; I have to decide not to go out for fishing. Otherwise, I may lose my life and fishing boat” says a fisherman in Accra, Ghana.

MESA at COP21 in Paris

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The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which was held from 29 November to 11 December 2015 in Paris, adopted the Paris Agreement. At the closure of the Paris Climate Change Conference, the French President declared that the Paris Agreement was legally binding. The full version of the Paris Agreement can be accessed using the link (http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2015/cop21/eng/l09.pdf)

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The sixth Africa Water Week opened in Dar-es- Salaam on Monday 18 July 2016
The West African Savannah is prone to wildfire. Earth Observation technologies
Using Short Message Service (SMS) of ocean conditions, the Monitoring for
Plant diseases and pests have significant impact on the production of crops and