USAID, NASA use technology for development in West Africa

USAID, NASALAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)  have announced a five-year programme, SERVIR West Africa.

The programme will promote the use of satellite imagery to help improve the region’s resilience, lessen negative impacts of climate change, ensure that land use management is sustainable and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

With this programme, West Africa becomes part of the Global SERVIR network, which includes Eastern and Southern Africa, the Hindu-Kush Himalaya region, and the Mekong River Basin.

SERVIR West Africa will be funded by USAID and NASA and implemented by the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS)  subsidiary, the Agriculture, Hydrology and Meteorology (AGRHYMET) Regional Center. AGHRYMET will implement this program together with a consortium of West African partners serving the region with support from Tetra Tech,

The program will help governments and other key decision-makers take advantage of publicly available satellite imagery, geospatial data and maps to make more informed decisions in four areas: food security and agriculture; water and disasters; weather and climate; and land use, coastal zones and forest management.

Operating as a regional hub, SERVIR West Africa will promote collaboration  among technical institutions in the region, leveraging their respective strengths. It will also work across the region to increase awareness, and improve access to and the capacity to use geospatial information.

NASA Administrator, Charles Bolden, said the organisation was committed to science and the value it provides people around the globe.

“Together with USAID, we are continuing the effort to bring space-based  science down to Earth for real time, real world uses that are changing people’s lives where they live,” said Bolden.

SERVIR is now serving more than 40 countries.

CAJ News

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