NASA’s new drive to boost Crop Production in West Africans Nationa


Experts conveys that, NASA drive to watercourse climate data to West African nations by means of its earth-observing satellites could increase crop production in a area hit firm by climate change. Dan Irwin, manager of the SERVIR project has also further conveyed that, NASA previous week introduced a hub in Niger's capital Niamey that will use space-based surveillance to get better food security and better manage natural disasters. He was named following the Spanish word meaning "to serve". The scheme, which will cover Burkina Faso, Ghana, Senegal and Niger, is one of four regional hubs international, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Dan Irwin has also further conveyed that, the model is requiring driven, who explain SERVIR's vision as "connecting space to village". He also further added that, NASA execute a research in the region two years ago and found that administration either did not have good data, or were not using it. The Sahel is one of the most susceptible regions in the planet to climate change, where rising temperatures and increasingly erratic rainfall are wreaking havoc on farmers, troublesome food production, and fuelling widespread hunger and malnutrition. UN World Food Programme analyst Matthieu Tockert has conveyed that, the entire livelihood along the Sahel depends on a few main crops, namely millet and sorghum.

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Tockert has also further conveyed that, these crops are extremely dependent on rainfall, so any information that permits for proper forecasts is key. Farmers in Senegal say that traditional methods of predicting the weather are no longer reliable. A programme launched last month by the country's aviation and meteorology agency aims to solve the problem by sending texts to farmers. Alex Deprez, director of USAID's West Africa regional office has also further conveyed that, there is an instant need to connect obtainable science and technology to development solutions in West Africa. In East Africa, SERVIR astronouts have since 2008 built a system to track water in streams and rivers and predict while and where droughts or floods will occur, and created maps that show which land is the most fertile, and which areas risk erosion. Irwin has also further conveyed that, SERVIR could adopt similar programmes in West Africa, but the first step will be to identify the region's most pressing needs, with a priority on improving food security.

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