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In 2008, NASA and USAID partnered with the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), based in Nairobi, Kenya, and together they began setting up SERVIR's Eastern and Southern Africa hub. RCMRD is a leading inter-governmental organization that currently has 20 Contracting Member States -- Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somali, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe -- in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regions. RCMRD’s aim is to promote sustainable development through generation, application and dissemination of Geo-Information and allied ICT services and products in the Member States and beyond. The SERVIR-Eastern and Southern Africa project builds upon RCMRD’s existing strengths and augments their data management and training capability. Efforts complement RCMRD’s core mission and provide a springboard for the development of applications customized for Member States.


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    Land-Cover Mapping For Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory In Africa

    As human activities continue to generate GHGs (greenhouse gases), it is essential to track changes in forests, ground cover, and land use because 1) forests remain an important bulwark against the impact of GHGs; and 2) deforestation accounts for 20 percent of GHGs in the atmosphere. The United Nations, EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), and RCMRD (Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development) are helping nine African nations develop the capacity to analyze how changes in land cover impact emissions. The project generates baseline data and provides training for national GHG teams.

      CREST Hydrologic Modeling

      Several countries in SERVIR hub regions lack real-time information about hydrologic conditions such as streamflow—the amount of water flowing in their streams and rivers. For example, water managers in eastern Africa are interested in the availability of water in the region in multiple time ranges: historical, current, near-term (next 72 hours), and long-term. They need this information to predict where droughts or floods might occur, and decision-makers and disaster-response organizations need it to take effective advance action to save lives, crops, and property.

        Frost Monitoring and Forecasting in Africa

        Frost poses a significant threat to Africa’s agricultural communities. In East Africa alone, frost causes millions of dollars in damage to tea and coffee crops. With adequate warning, farmers can take steps to minimize the impact of frost. Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture requested that the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development and SERVIR help build the country's capacity to identify frost-impacted areas and create an early-warning system so officials and farmers will know when frost is imminent.

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        Empowering Agricultural Decision Makers Across the Globe with Improved Rainfall Forecasting Data

        June 19, 2018

        The timing and onset of rainfall is crucial for hundreds of thousands of farmers in the developing world when sowing, fertilizing and harvesting crops.

        Smartphone App Simplifies Invasive Species Mapping in Kenya's North Rangelands

        June 8, 2018

        For many years, pastoralists in Northern Kenya have been affected by Opuntia stricta, an invasive cactus native to the Caribbean region and commonly referred to as prickly pear.

        Reflecting on a Decade of Collaboration between NASA and USAID: Lessons Learned About Deriving Value from Space for International Development

        May 7, 2018

        In 2005, NASA scientists and USAID staff saw the potential for a powerful collaboration between their agencies and launched SERVIR.