Why the AgriGIS workshop and Think Tank was a never-miss event

The AgriGIS workshop and Think Tank was a resourceful event that was held at RCMRD (host) in conjuction with The University of Nottingham,Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) and  Crops For the Future(CFF) on October 27-28, 2016. Among the delegates were Professionals, Policy Makers, government organizations, NGOs, Private institutions , Journalists (In Agriculture), Life changers and institutions of higher learning from all over the world. The workshop, as the name indicates, focused on the use of Open data, GIS, Remote sensing and Surveying technologies to ‘end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture’ (UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG2)).

Projects from different sectors leveraging these technologies were showcased and discussions held to create a basis for research and improvement. Among the presentations, were great projects from RCMRD, GODAN, The University of Nottingham, ICIPE and CFF.

Tobias Landmann from ICIPE on Crop productivity Mapping
Tobias Landmann from ICIPE on Crop productivity Mapping

 

Ogundipe Oluropo on Insect swarm prediction modeling (University of Nottingham)
Ogundipe Oluropo on Insect swarm prediction modeling (University of Nottingham)

 

James Wanjohi from RCMRD on Crop Mast and Frost mapping tool
James Wanjohi from RCMRD on Crop Mast and Frost mapping tool

In the workshop a presentation formed a basis of discussion as delegates exchanged ideas on different topics. The ‘think tank‘ discussions on Open Data and Open Science in AgriGIS also brought great insights into the sector and among the delegates as issues affecting the sector and possible mitigation measure were discussed into details. This session was usually based on group discussions to brainstorm on different topics and share the information and findings with the rest of the group members.

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A group during the think tank session

Another interesting session was the introduction to free and open source software and specifically the QGIS software. This session involved hands-on practical lessons with the software such as data preparation, symbology, labeling and map making. The participants tested various aspects of the software in relation to agriculture as this was the main topic of the workshop.

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Samuel Ng'ang'a, Geo-Information Training Coordinator, RCMRD on QGIS training
Samuel Ng’ang’a, Geo-Information Training Coordinator, RCMRD on QGIS training

 

In conclusion, the workshop had a lot to offer to the participants in terms of experience, skills and new ideas that were discussed during this event. The event was a great success as highlighted by the participants at the end of the workshop.

The workshop showcased great insights into how GIS technologies are being used and can be used to help improve the agriculture sector and ensure sustainable development as per the Sustainable Development Goal 2.

More details about the workshop can be found at the RCMRD Workshop page

Wanjohi Kibui
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