Satellite data key part of early warning system for plant pest infestations

African farmers harvesting the crop in South Sudan. Image: FAO/South Sudan.

The Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE), developed by the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International development charity (CABI), combines temperature and weather data provided by satellites with computer models to predict when pest outbreaks are most likely to occur, giving farmers time to prepare.


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Wed, 23/01/2019 - 09:35

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Togo

Agriculture is one of the main drivers of Togo’s economy, but the steep drop in global cotton prices in recent years dealt a blow to many farmers. The rates of food insecurity and vulnerability are really high, as well as the country’s risk to natural disasters and the lack of income diversification. FAO works with governments to build up infrastructures, promote sustainable agricultural practices and improve farmers’ access to technical assistance, training, credit and markets.


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