Earth Observation Technologies and Data for African Agriculture

Watch the recording of our online event exploring how space technologies can support African AgriFood.

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10.00 - 12.30



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Recording and slides now available

Recorded 6th July 2023

Download the slides:
01 – About Us – Innovate UK KTN
02 – Catherine Nakalembe, NASA Harvest, Africa Program Lead
03 – Michael Geary, Mondelez, Director, Cocoa Research and Development Lead
04 – Titus Letaapo, Geo Indigenous Alliance
05 – Andrew Carrel, AAC Clyde Space, President of Data and Services
06 – Michael Breetzke, Swift Geospatial, Director Business Development
07 – Yiorgos Gadanakis, University of Reading, Associate Professor in Agricultural Business Management
08 – Jon West, Rothamsted Research
09 – Robin Sampson, Trade in Space and Mona Philippon, Sucafina N.V.
10 – Henry Mibei, CABI
11 – Joanna Scales, Innovate UK KTN (Agrifood)– Innovation Awards
12 – Andy Bennett, Innovate UK KTN (Space) – Climate Impact Lab 


Earth Observation (EO) – including satellite data and drone imaging- is used to support innovation across agriculture and food production, from monitoring weather conditions and improving in-field decisions to managing supply chains.

African countries are now developing world-expertise in these technologies.

Collaboration between partners in the UK and Africa provides innovation opportunities to address the challenges facing African Agrifood systems.  Join us to explore how space technologies can support African AgriFood, including:

  1. Increase production through improved accuracy and relevance of decision support tools
  2. Improve supply chain efficiency
  3. Sustainable management of environmental resources and supply chain traceability
  4. Resilience to climate change



We have an exciting agenda, including:

  • Catherine Nakalembe – NASA, Africa Program Director – NASA Harvest
  • Michael Geary – Mondelēz, Director, Cocoa Research and Development Lead
  • Jon West – Rothamsted University, Protecting Crops and the Environment Group
  • Andrew Carrel – AAC Clydespace Africa, President of Data and Services
  • Robin Sampson – Trade In Space, Managing Director
  • Michael Breetzke – Swift Geospatial, Director Business Development
  • Yiorgos Gadanakis – University of Reading, Associate Professor in Agricultural Business Management

If you have a specific African Agrifood challenge you are seeking a solution to, please get in touch with Debbie Tully.


Who is this recording for?

  • Individuals, academics or organisations interested in understanding how earth observation technology and data can benefit farmers and growers.
  • Technology providers and innovators with Earth Observation solutions that could be applied to AgriFood
  • Organisations with existing AgriFood challenges looking for solutions.
  • Banks and insurance companies interested in technologies to improve risk assessment.


Why watch?

  • Hear from UK and Africa experts operating in geospatial and AgriFood sectors.
  • Find out more about how satellite technologies can address challenges and create opportunities for African agriculture.
  • Learn about innovation needs and solutions to address real industry challenges.
  • Make new connections with companies, academics and stakeholders across the UK and Africa involved in the space and AgriFood sectors.
  • Find potential collaborators to develop innovation projects.
  • Learn about small-seed funding opportunities for collaborations.

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