SERVIR-Eastern & Southern Africa’s Land Cover Mapping for GHG Inventories project has significantly improved the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development’s (RCMRD) level of expertise in land cover and land use mapping. As a result, RCMRD is considered a highly reliable provider of technical advice, support, and networking linkages.
The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), SERVIR’s Eastern and Southern Africa hub attended the SERVIR Annual Global Exchange in Bangkok, Thailand from 1-4th September, 2015. The event attracted SERVIR team members from all over the world and was held after the launch of SERVIR-Mekong, the latest addition to the SERVIR global network. The SERVIR Annual Global Exchange drew over ninety participants from different SERVIR hubs including Nairobi, Kenya; Kathmandu, Nepal; and Bangkok; the SERVIR Coordination Office in Huntsville, Alabama; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) in Bethesda, Maryland; and SERVIR Applied Sciences Team members from around the United States of America.
RCMRD’s Anastasia Wahome and Ngugi Kimani, having a conversation during the SERVIR Annual Global Exchange.
During the event, the participants shared best practices, attended sessions on capacity building, technology, food security, water, disasters, land use, among other issues, as well as learned long term strategic plans for SERVIR’s growth.
SERVIR’s efforts complement RCMRD’s core mission and provide a springboard for the development of applications customized for Member States.
Two thirds of Nepal’s population is dependent on agriculture for livelihood. More than a third of the country’s Gross Domestic Product comes from the agriculture sector. Nevertheless, with climate change contributing to uncertainities in weather patterns, the water cycle, and water availability, reliable crop production across Nepal faces a
Under SERVIR Eastern and Southern Africa, RCMRD had initiated 14 research grants engaging with regional partner organizations in Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania and Uganda. Among the 14 projects, 9 were funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under small grants