EO AFRICA R&D Research Projects – Awarded Proposals (First Call)

In the framework of the ESA EO AFRICA initiative, the R&D Facility in collaboration with European Space Agency (ESA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), launched at the end of 2021 a call for research proposals to support African-European collaborative efforts to develop innovative, open-source EO algorithms and applications adapted to African solutions for African challenges. Proposals in the themes of water scarcity and food security were expected to create EO algorithms and workflows by leveraging cutting-edge cloud-based data access and computing infrastructure. A budget up to 25,000 EUR for research activities during a period of 12 months, free access to cloud-based Virtual Research Environments through the Innovation Lab of the Facility, dedicated user and technical support, access to EO AFRICA Space Academy events, and integration into the EO AFRICA Network for international scientific collaboration, were the benefits offered to the research projects.

62 proposals were received from research teams lead by African-European tandems from 23 African and 16 European countries. After a comprehensive evaluation process, which involved review of each proposal by at least two domain experts for 40 different criteria and scoring in 6 different categories, the Committee in collaboration with ESA and AUC awarded 15 research projects listed below for funding from 12 African and 9 European countries.

The projects are expected to start following the special EO AFRICA R&D session of the ESA’s Living Planet Symposium, which will take place in Bonn on May 23-27.

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List of Funded Projects in alphabetical order

A workflow for forecasting primary productivity and its determining climatic factors using remote sensing in the eastern Sahel regionAdam – TothSouth Africa – Hungary
Applying innovative cloud computing technology for the effective management of Groundwater resources to promote Sustainable food security within the Sokoto Basin, NigeriaOladeji – NovellinoNigeria – U.K.
Crop Stress Monitoring in the semi-arid context of Doukkala, MoroccoEl Ghandour – CorbariMorocco – Italy
Drought impact on the vegetation of South African semiarid mosaic landscapes: Implications on grass-crop-lands primary productionDube – AndreuSouth Africa – Spain
Fusion of EO data for crop yield forecast in Benin and MoroccoBrouziyne – LehnertMorocco – Germany
Improvement of Agricultural Statistics in the cotton zone of Mali thanks to the synergy of the Sentinel-1 and 2 time seriesTraore – DefournyMali – Belgium
Integration of open-source solutions with deep learning for estimating crop production in data-scarce smallholder farming areasMengistu – LangEthiopia – Austria
Mapping and Monitoring Artisanal Mining from SpaceForkuor – UllmannGhana – Germany
Monitoring by optical and radar satellite imagery of the level and volume of water in the lakes Buyo and Kossou dams in Côte d’IvoireKouame – MertensCôte d’Ivoire – France
Quantifying Soil Moisture from Space-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Ground-based Geophysical and Hydrological MeasurementsDjanni – GaoSenegal – Spain
Rising with temperature! Reconstructing the hydroclimatic record of Lake Naivasha with Earth ObservationOngo – SalamaKenya – Netherlands
Sentinel-1 and -2 data fusion for mapping smallholder cropping areas in southern Africa to support crop monitoring and yield forecastingHamunyela – HeroldNamibia – Germany
SENTINELs for Cape Verde Water & Food Security MonitoringTavares – MannaertsCabo Verde – Netherlands
Towards daily maps of water hyacinth cover: exploiting synergies between Sentinel-2 and 3Shoko – Penning de VriesSouth Africa – Netherlands
West Africa Lake Monitoring SystemBelfrid – van der KwastBenin – Netherlands