STARS Landscaping Study
At the core of the STARS project are three regional experimental studies in West Africa (Mali and Nigeria), East Africa (Tanzania and Uganda), and South Asia (Bangladesh). These case studies tested the viability for remote sensing-based information products to inform decision-making at national scale (government), at district scale (extension system, cooperative, agro-inputs sector), and at farm scale (farmer and her/his community).
Cover of the Landscaping Study: the Cubango River on the border of Namibia and Angola (Image courtesy of Planet, Creative Commons 4.0)
The STARS Landscaping Study is the fourth main component of the STARS Project. It aimed to identify the entry points in agro-information systems where remote sensing can help to transform smallholder agricultural development and alleviate poverty. This involved developing guidance based on an analysis of the technical and institutional factors affecting returns on potential future investments into remote sensing. The Landscaping Study took a broader perspective than the regional experiments, looking at the full gamut of stakeholders and technological offerings. Its objective was to identify current constraints and the potential use of remote sensing in rationalizing the design of information chains, supply chains, and (eventually) value chains in the food production system. It also examined challenges and opportunities for institutions to deliver on this promise, with institutions defined in the widest possible sense, to include governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as formal and informal structures, laws, regulations, business and customary practice, and data sharing behaviours and systems.
Read more on what the Landscaping Study is about or download the report below.