From January 25 to 27, AgriProFocus Myanmar, in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy, organized an inventory visit for Netherlands Space Office (NSO), the Dutch governmental agency for space. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned NSO to execute the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility. The purpose of the visit was to prepare for the third call for proposals for G4AW, which will open mid March, 2017 and will be announced via Dutch Governmental Gazette . (NSO will publish the official announcement on the G4AW website in due time.
G4AW improves food security in developing countries by using satellite data. The facility promotes and supports private investments for large scale, demand driven and satellite based information services. It provides a platform for partnerships of public organisations, research institutes, private sector operators, NGO’s, farmer cooperatives, satellite data/service operators, businesses and transmission operators, developing space for food security.
• Reaching over 4,5 million smallholders
• Providing them with useful and timely (agrometeorological) and/or (financial/insurance) products
• Improving sustainable food production, increase the effective use of inputs (water, nutrients, seeds, pesticides)
• Economic development in participating countries
• Stimulating private investments
• Financially sustainable services after 3 years
• Improved food security and income
During two previous calls for proposals, 17 projects were granted in 10 G4AW partner countries.
Myanmar is one of the G4AW partner countries, but didn’t have a G4AW project in the previous two rounds. Conditions for setting up information services based on satellite data have strongly improved in the past few years. The roll out of 4G networks throughout Myanmar provide the opportunity to reach large numbers of farmers with agro-advisory services. Various business enterprises are already developing apps for farmers, like ImpactTerra and Greenway.
During the visit, NSO spoke to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) and other relevant ministries, input providers, product associations, tech companies and mobile apps for agriculture. The importance of satellite data for improving food security was acknowledged by all stakeholders. MoALI warmly welcomed the setup of G4AW partnerships in Myanmar and kindly offered to support future projects where possible. Overall, NSO sees great potential for the setup of good G4AW projects in Myanmar and hopes to receive various proposals in the next call.
To inform all relevant stakeholders and support the setup of public-private partnerships for G4AW, NSO and AgriProFocus will organize a workshop in Yangon, on March 16. If you are interested to join this workshop, please contact Bente Meindertsma by sending an email to email@example.com.