Environment Systems is leading ‘EO4cultivar’ an international collaboration project with partners in the UK, Peru and Colombia.
Earth observation (EO) can provide timely field scale crop observations at regional and national scales for use in the high value South American agricultural market. By developing the ability to easily disseminate and incorporate EO data into local and national management practices, EO4cultivar will have real impacts on improving agricultural production and food security in Peru and Colombia.
Sources of free and commercial satellite imagery abound, but currently there isn’t the capability to process the data necessary to deliver national agricultural data services in South America. EO4cultivar will work with commercial and government stakeholders in Peru and Colombia to deliver information frequently and rapidly within the growing season via trusted channels. A cloud-based processing and storage infrastructure will be developed to deliver data services (analysis ready data), such as field-level time series imagery to both monitor performance and target management. Data services will also be used for crop identification to support biosecurity, resource planning and market intelligence needs.
The project is funded under the UK Space Agency’s International Partnerships Programme, a £150M multi- year programme which will use people’s space knowledge, expertise and capability to provide a sustainable, economic or societal benefit to undeveloped nations and developing economies.