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09.17.2015

High level stakeholder meeting Uganda

On September 3, 2015, The Department of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management in the Office of the Prime Minister of Uganda in partnership with the University of Maryland (UMD) and Environmental Surveys, Information, Planning and Policy Systems (ESIPPS) International hosted a high level stakeholders’ meeting to formally introduce the AgriSense-STARS project. AgriSense-STARS works as part of STARS in Tanzania and Uganda and is led by UMD in partnership with Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). The objective of the meeting was to introduce the AgriSense-STARS’ Project and to provide an overview of the proposed methods for monitoring crop conditions for food security in Uganda and to showcase a pilot crop monitoring study in Moroto district in Karamoja region planned for the 2016-growing season. Another objective was to identify and engage potential key partners/stakeholders in the country to identify collaboration links. The third objective was to identify avenues and possible contributions of AgriSense-STARS to current crop monitoring in Uganda. The workshop brought together participants from key government ministries, departments and agencies, research institutions, development partners, academia and the private sector.

The workshop was well received by stakeholders who deemed the project timely and unprecedented recognizing the urgent need for crop monitoring that is lacking in capacity in Uganda. And most importantly the stakeholders appreciated the avenues provided by remote sensing data in filling these data gaps and providing near-real time information on crop conditions.

  • Participants of the high level stakeholder meeting in Kampala, Uganda, September 3, 2015. Participants of the high level stakeholder meeting in Kampala, Uganda, September 3, 2015.

Representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries expressed interest and urgent need to implement AgriSense-STARS methods and tools and to make available monitoring products as they directly tie into the ministry’s mandate to monitor agriculture. The AgriSense-STARS team is now working to redesign the monitoring plan for the 2016 season expanding to the entire Karamoja and Eastern Uganda region as per the recommendation of the Office of the Prime Minister which is rolling out several disaster risk management and early warning projects that AgriSense-STARS tools can contribute to.


The meeting was featured in the Daily Monitor as well as in the NTV evening news and the clip can be viewed here: 


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