Geospatial information for African agriculture: A key investment for agricultural policies

Tonneau Jean-Philippe, Bégué Agnès, Leroux Louise, Augusseau Xavier, Faure Jean-François, Mertens Benoît, Pinet Camille, Tomasini Linda. 2019. Geospatial information for African agriculture: A key investment for agricultural policies. Perspective (51) : pp. 1-4.

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Abstract : Geospatial information and its derived products, designed to contribute to public agricultural policy making, are not widely used in Africa. The infrastructure, training and skills are lacking, and research and development activities are dispersed and inadequate. More importantly, needs are not formalised and technological resources, driven by the industrialised countries, are ill-adapted to the characteristics of agricultural systems in Africa. Moreover, companies, institutions and projects require a stable environment to ensure operational services, relevant products and useful information. These co-constructed services emerge within long-term partnerships between researchers, consultancies and end users. Research thus offers new opportunities for using satellite imagery to document and explain agricultural transformation processes. Finally, lasting interdisciplinary skills networks are needed to facilitate methodological and thematic exchanges.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Système d'information géographique, Politique agricole, Système de culture, Aide à la décision

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique

Mots-clés complémentaires : Politique publique

Classification Agris : U30 - Research methods
E10 - Agricultural economics and policies
F08 - Cropping patterns and systems

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 5 (2019-) - Territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Tonneau Jean-Philippe, CIRAD-ES-UMR TETIS (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0003-4331-7238
  • Bégué Agnès, CIRAD-ES-UMR TETIS (FRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Leroux Louise, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR AIDA (SEN) ORCID: 0000-0002-7631-2399
  • Augusseau Xavier, CIRAD-ES-UMR TETIS (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-3328-9889
  • Faure Jean-François, IRD (FRA)
  • Mertens Benoît, IRD (FRA)
  • Pinet Camille, IGN [Institut géographique national] (FRA)
  • Tomasini Linda, CNES (FRA)

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