Eliminating hunger through Technology: World Food Day 2017
Today, the world marked World Food Day. At the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), the Director of Technical Services Prof. John Bosco Kiema reemphasized our mission.
“As a Centre, our mission is to promote sustainable development through generation, application and dissemination of Geo-Information and allied Information Communication Technology (ICT) services and products in the Member States and beyond. Like the rest of the world we are determined to end hunger by 2030 through sustainable food production and consumption.
He says RCMRD is promoting all the 17 SDG’s and the second SDG goal is to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. Food is the only thing that can bring hunger to an end.
This year’s World Food Day is observed under the theme ‘“Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.” RCMRD contribution to the universe is by the means we contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 2, Zero Hunger, harness migration’s potential to support development, and build the resilience of displaced and host communities.”
Prof. Kiema said through its projects like the at SERVIR - Eastern & Southern Africa (SERVIR-E&SA), the RCMRD is improving agricultural productivity at all levels, enhancing the lives of member States including rural populations and contributing to the growth of the member State’s economies.
According to Anastasia Wahome the Science and Data Lead at SERVIR-E&SA, the project has developed timely, actionable and easily interpretable products on crop conditions (feed into GEOGLAM crop monitor), strengthened Kenya’s State Department of Agriculture’s (SDA’s) capacity in agriculture and monitoring and assessments.
“RCMRD has developed an updated crop mask of Kenya using Earth Observation data. We have also developed national early warning crop monitors and agricultural crop mask mapping for Kenya which has enabled farmers to benefit from crop insurance,” Wahome added.