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

Following the successful 2022-2023 call for research proposals, the EO AFRICA R&D Facility, in coordination with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), launched in September 2022 a 2nd call for proposals. The aim of this call is to extend the support to African-European collaborative research efforts in the domain of EO applications. Similar to the 1st call, applicants were invited to submit their research ideas to create EO-based algorithms and workflows by leveraging cutting-edge cloud-based data access and computing infrastructure to tackle water scarcity and food security challenges in Africa.

This grant provides the selected proposals with 25,000 EUR for research activities during a period of 12 months. In addition, awarded projects will get 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.

Following the evaluation of the proposals by the Selection Committee in collaboration with ESA and AUC, 17 research projects (listed below) were awarded for funding from 11 African and 9 European countries.

Find the project descriptions HERE.

List of Funded Projects in alphabetical order

A composite drought indicator for the Borana rangelands in Ethiopia combining multi-source Earth Observation data and the three-source balance model: a support to the index-based insurance for pastoralists in EthiopiaDr. Getachew Mehabie Mulualem – Dr. Vicente Burchard LevineEthiopia – Spain
Advances in deep learning model for irrigated agricultural area mapping: the case of Upper Awash Basin, EthiopiaAssoc. Prof. Dr. Berhan Gessesse Awoke – Dr. Alireza TaravatEthiopia – United Kingdom
Application of remote sensing data to support pests monitoring and agriculture statistics in RwandaProf. Dr. François Xavier Naramabuye – Dr. Vince LángRwanda – Hungary
BIG data archetypes for crops from EOAssoc. Prof. Dr. Elhadi Adam – Prof. Dr. Philip LewisSouth Africa – United Kingdom
Cloud computing for seasonal cropland monitoring in degraded Shilansha catchment, Ethiopia Rift Valley BasinAssefa Gedle – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tom RientjesEthiopia – The Netherlands
Exploring aquatic weed coexistence using Sentinel-2 satellite data for informed aquatic weeds management for inland waterbodiesDr. Cletah Shoko – Assist. Prof. Dr. Marloes Penning de VriesSouth Africa – The Netherlands
Fodder quality assessment in Senegalese rangelands based on Sentinel-2 imagesDr. Diouf Abdoul Aziz – Dr. Leroux LouiseSenegal – France
Forest disturbance detection by means of radar and optical remote sensing data fusion and artificial intelligenceDr. Femi Emmanuel Ikuemonisan – Prof. Dr. Kamila Pawluszek-FilipiakNigeria – Poland
Leveraging inland radar altimetry over rivers with low cost GNSS reflectometryZeleke Kelebew Challa – Assist. Prof. Dr. Ing. Roelof RietbroekUganda – The Netherlands
Mapping and monitoring spatiotemporal desertification patterns in the steppic belt of AlgeriaProf. Dr. Mejdi Kaddour – Assist. Prof. Dr. Mahdi KhodadadzadehAlgeria – The Netherlands
Monitoring and assessment of dry biomass in the Sahel rangelands using satellite imagesDr. Issa Garba – Dr. Roel van HoolstNiger – Belgium
Olive trees health and yield prediction through EO data and machine learningProf. Dr. Aicha Rochi – Assist. Prof. Dr. Judit Pál-SchreinerMorocco – Hungary
Remote sensing and modelling to assess crop-specific response to climate stressorsAssoc. Prof. Dr. Hussein Farah – Dr. Gohar GhazaryanKenya – Germany
Riverine flood and crop monitoring and assessment using cloud computing and earth observation: case of Comoe Catchment, Côte D’IvoireDr. Jean Homian Dahumah – Dr. Andrew OgilvieCôte D’Ivoire – France
Save the Faleme River: use of EO data for monitoring water pollution and scarcity due to anthropic activitiesDr. Ngom Ndeye Marame – Dr. David BaratouxSenegal – France
Space-based and geospatial technology for disaster risk reduction: flood monitoring and prediction in Amibara, Afar, EthiopiaDr. Gizachew Kabite Wedajo – Prof. Dr. Paolo GambaEthiopia – Italy
Using high spatial and temporal resolution data for monitoring wheat and rice crop agronomic variables for smallholder agriculture in the Nile Delta, EgyptProf. Dr. Ahmed Abd El Fattah El Baroudy – Prof. Dr. Belen FranchEgypt – Spain