Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 17 March 2017 at 09:12

Great interest in Geodata for Agriculture and Water workshop in Myanmar 

On March 16, AgriProFocus Myanmar, together with the Netherlands Space Offcie organized a information and matchmaking workshop for Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW). The aim of the workshop was to inspire and facilitate potential partnerships for the 3rd call for proposals of the G4AW Facility with objectives, criteria, and timeline information.

The G4AW Facility is a programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands Space Office is responsible for the implementation of this programme. G4AW supports projects to develop and operate information and/or financial services to improve food security in partner countries. The projects are aimed to improve sustainable food production and to increase the efficient use of inputs like seeds, fertilizer, pesticides and water in agriculture by providing satellite information based products and services to smallholders. Satellite data can help to generate reliable, timely and frequent information facilitating better decision making by smallholders. Partnerships between the private and public sector are the basis for developing new services.   

In different discussion rounds, participants from the private sector, different ministries, research institutes, NGO's and farmers organizations jointly identified the bottlenecks and information needs of smallholder farmers in Myanmar and designed possible advisory services based on satellite and other geo data. 

Various international and Myanmar tech companies and mobile apps gave inspiring presentations about the information services they offer to smallholder farmers. 

AgriProFocus presented a quick scan about the main bottlenecks and information needs, existing information services and relevant stakeholders and initiatives in the Myanmar agricultural sector related to satellite data. Please find the quick scan report attached. 

We look back on a very successful and inspiring day and want to thank the over 60 participants for their active contributions. We will compile a workshop report soon and share it on the platform.