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African Regional Data Cube: tool to tackle food security and other challenges in Africa

The objective of the ODC is to increase the impact of satellite data by providing an open and freely accessible exploitation tool and to foster a community to develop, sustain, and grow the breadth and depth of applications


African Regional Data Cube: tool to tackle food security and other challenges in Africa
Open data cube (image credit: twitter)

The 'African Regional Data Cube' was announced yesterday at the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data GPSDD's inaugural Data for Development festival in the United Kingdom. This new tool will harness the latest earth observation and satellite technology to help Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Tanzania tackle food security challenges as well as issues relating to agriculture, deforestation, and water access.

The data cube was developed by the Committee on Earth Observation Satellite (CEOS) in partnership with the Group on Earth Observations, Amazon Web Services and Strathmore University in Kenya. This new tool will assist governments, farmers, and consumers deal with the complex challenges while navigating the economic, social, and environmental systems on which they depend.

ODC is an open source project intended to better manage Satellite Data. It has evolved to support interactive data science and scientific computing. It has a great potential to streamline data distribution and management for providers while simultaneously lowering the technical barriers for users to exploit the data to its full potential.

According to H.E William Ruto, the Deputy President of Kenya, "the government will use the data cube to underpin the success food security, a pillar of its 'Big Four' priorities alongside manufacturing, universal healthcare and affordable housing. The data cube will allow the government to understand crop distribution, changing seasons and use of agricultural land in rural areas; as well as better protect its forests and water towers."

The objective of the ODC is to increase the impact of satellite data by providing an open and freely accessible exploitation tool and to foster a community to develop, sustain, and grow the breadth and depth of applications. This solution intends to support key objectives, which include building the capacity of users to apply EO satellite data and to support global priority agendas, such as those found in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDG) and the Paris and Sendai Agreements.

Expressing her thoughts, Claire Melamed, CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data stated, "These five countries are in the vanguard of data for sustainable development. With their example, we hope that we can broaden access to the data cube across the continent so more countries can benefit from this fantastic solution. The sky really is the limit when it comes to how data from satellites can help drive sustainable development."


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