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ICIMOD Office, Khumaltar
21 August 2023 to
25 August 2023
The GIS and Statistics Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD), Nepal and ICIMOD’s SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) Initiative are co-developing an operational service for crop area and yield estimation using remote sensing and machine learning.
The SERVIR-HKH Initiative, a joint initiative of ICIMOD, USAID and NASA, is working on developing information services using Earth Observation (EO) and climate modelling technology. One of the key priority areas under this initiative is the capacity building of agriculture professionals on the use of new technologies to keep research aligned with recent technological developments. EO technologies have tremendous potential to support the implementation of long-term and large-scale research and development programmes and resolve data and information gaps in the agriculture sector, which include status and changes in land use, agricultural production, and resilience for food security, among many other aspects.
As part of the capacity building work, we are organising an on-the-job training for MoALD officers on the use of remote sensing data and geospatial information technology.
The training aims to provide participants better understanding of:
Participants will also visit the ICT setup at ICIMOD operationalising crop monitoring and damage assessment systems.
A total of six nominated officials from MoALD are expected to participate in this training.
The UN Sustainable Development Goal 2 (“Zero hunger”) aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. The Government of Nepal (GoN) recognises the prevailing situation of food insecurity across the country and attaches high importance to ensuring food security for all. However, there is a need to build upon significant capacity in food security planning, monitoring and evaluation within the GoN to enable it to provide reliable and timely information to support planning and policy decision making processes.
Monitoring and estimating crop acreage at a national scale is required to determine the national or sub-national food demand and supply balance, and to gauge food security. Whether during times of world food shortages, or during periods of surplus, monitoring and estimating crop acreage requires long-term efforts. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also include doubling productivity and incomes of smallholders as key targets. Estimates and forecasts of crop area and yield are of critical importance to policy makers for the planning of agricultural production and monitoring of food supply. The operational use of open-source satellite-based and model information to monitor climate and crops at daily and seasonal levels for integrated analysis of crop performance provides a cost-effective means to support decision making processes.
Pre-training assessment and photo session – Poonam Tripathi, ICIMO
Overview of SERVIR-HKH activities on agriculture and food security – Birendra Bajracharya, ICIMOD
Earth observation tools and technology for agriculture and climate risk management – Faisal M. Qamer, ICIMOD
GIS concepts and applications – Poonam Tripathi, ICIMOD
Vector data exploration and visualisation in QGIS – Poonam Tripathi and Sravan Shrestha, ICIMOD
Exploration and analysis of rater data in QGIS – Sarthak Shrestha and Poonam Tripathi, ICIMOD
Satellite data visualisation and interpretation – Sarthak Shrestha and Poonam Tripathi, ICIMOD
Cartographic map production – Poonam Tripathi and Sravan Shrestha, ICIMOD
Introduction to the High-Impact Weather Assessment Tool (HIWAT) and demonstration of Flash flood prediction Tool and Flood Inundation mapping tool –Manish Shrestha, ICIMOD
Demonstration on Agricultural advisory dashboard – Kiran Shakya, ICIMOD
Geospatial analysis for agro-ecological zonation using multi-criteria suitability –Poonam Tripathi and Sravan Shrestha, ICIMOD
Introduction of RiceMapEngine and demonstrate on its uses – Sravan Shrestha, ICIMOD
Questionnaire development and the use of Geofairy – Sravan Shrestha and Sarthak Shrestha, ICIMOD
Reflection on the overall training – Chet Bahadur Roka, MoALD
Post-training assessment – Poonam Tripathi, ICIMOD
Closing remarks – Birendra Bajracharya, ICIMOD