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KSA Workshop in Nairobi Propels Earth Observation Tools for Agricultural Advancement in Kenya

KSA engaged stakeholders in a workshop held in Nairobi on development of Earth Observation decision support tools in support of the agricultural sector in Kenya.

The workshop, which was opened by the Ag. DG KSA Brig. Hillary Kipkosgey, brought together representatives from government agencies (both National and County levels), International Agencies, Academia and private companies engaged in agriculture and food security.

In his opening remarks, he noted that the workshop was aimed at leveraging earth observation (EO) data to enhance decision-making in agriculture, with objectives such as: needs assessments, data and product designs, collaborative development framework, and knowledge sharing among others.

Some key highlights from the workshop included:

i)  The workshop fostered vibrant discussions through presentations, plenary and idealization sessions.
ii) Stakeholders shared valuable insights into EO applications in agriculture leveraging on the use of satellite imagery and advanced analytics.
iii) Ideation session assisted in mapping out the user needs, stakeholders and potential products for consideration for piloting.

The workshop was closed by Murang’a County CECM for Agriculture Dr. Kiringai Kamau. The CECM thanked KSA for taking the broad step to convene the workshop to discuss how Agriculture could benefit from the use of space-based data. He welcomed the stakeholders to consider undertaking the proposed pilot project in Murang’a county.

Our sincere gratitude to all speakers, participants, and partners whose contributions made the workshop a resounding success. Looking forward to collaborating with you as we continue conceptualizing the pilot project and subsequently its implementation.

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