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Enhancing Food Security Through The AfriCultuReS Project: Design of Crop, Water and Drought Services

Smallholder farmers produce about 70% of Africa’s food supply. These farmers are vulnerable to a number of risks, mainly climate related, with a tremendous impact on poverty and food security. Information about crop yield, vegetation condition and weather, among others, are essential to policy makers to enhance food security. Earth observation data, analytics and modeling from various sources at a variety of spatial and temporal scales could be used to develop services and a decision support system in the field of food security. This paper describes services that are developing in the AfriCultuReS project, that fall into the categories of crop, water and drought. Preliminary results are presented reflecting uneven distribution over Africa of precipitation, water bodies, and vegetation condition.