SERVIR programme in Kenya provides EO data to help financial aid reach farmers more efficiently

Crops in Kenya. Image: RCMRD.

A variety of environmental and man-made factors can have a detrimental effect on the yield of farmers worldwide. A programme launched in Kenya, funded by SERVIR in collaboration with NASA Harvest and the Swiss Re Foundation, uses Earth observation (EO) data to assess crop damage and prioritise the mobilisation of financial aid to farmers.

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Wed, 03/03/2021 - 11:46

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New geospatial dataset helps assess early signs of drought risks worldwide

Soil erosion due to droughts

The near real-time assessment of drought risks is crucial to enhance food security in vulnerable regions around the world. SERVIR, a joint venture of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), now provides a worldwide dataset for the Evaporative Stress Index (ESI), to analyse and visualize vegetation stress on a weekly basis and at a spatial resolution of 5 km. The dataset is accessible on the Servir Global website.

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Wed, 28/03/2018 - 09:39

InAWARE technology provides assistance for Mount Agung eruption

Tracking the Sulfur Dioxide from Mount Agung. Image: NASA.

Authorities in Bali, Indonesia have ordered residents living near the Mount Agung volcano to evacuate the area amidst warnings from emergency agencies of a potential major eruption.


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Thu, 30/11/2017 - 14:34

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GEO Announces GEO Appathon 2014 Competition

Our Earth from Space

On 9 May 2014 the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) announced the launch of GEO Appathon 2014.

GEO Appathon is a global competition held to challenge individual competitors and teams to develop new, exciting and easy to use mobile “apps” using Earth Observation data available on the GEO Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to provide people with the information to make informed decisions about their environments.  The U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) is offering $20,000.00 in prizes for this event.

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Thu, 15/05/2014 - 11:06

RSO CATHALAC develops forest cover map of Belize

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office CATHALAC (Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean) has just developed the first version of a 2012 forest cover map of Belize. This research was carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development of the Government of Belize, Lancaster University of the UK and the Environmental Research Institute of the University of Belize.

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Thu, 09/08/2012 - 07:48

Timely Upgrade of Weather Information Systems

The United States Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with funding support from the U.S. State Department and USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), has been upgrading Emergency Managers Weather Information Systems (EMWINs) in the Pacific to ensure that local officials and decision makers receive timely warning for better disaster management planning and awareness.

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Tue, 21/02/2012 - 16:29

NASA And USAID To Sign Agreement To Tackle Worldwide Problems

WASHINGTON -- Reporters are invited to the signing of a formal agreement between NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to promote collaboration on scientific and technological solutions to worldwide problems. The memorandum of understanding addresses such challenges as global health, climate change, food security, and disaster mitigation and response.

The event will take place in the NASA Headquarters auditorium at 300 E Street SW in Washington on Monday, April 25, at 2 p.m. EDT. NASA Television and the agency's website will broadcast the event live.

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Thu, 21/04/2011 - 11:51

5th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management


The Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management is celebrating five (5) years as the signature disaster management event in the region. This year the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), in association with its partners, and in collaboration with the Office for Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPEM), Jamaica, will host the Conference under the theme “CDM: Strengthening Partnerships for Resilience” at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa, Montego Bay, Jamaica December 6-10, 2010.





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06/12/2010 to 10/12/2010

November 2008

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Fri, 28/11/2008

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