Waterwatch Project in Burundi awarded by NSO

The Netherlands Space Office has selected GAP4A, Good Agricultural Practices For All for funding within the third call of the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility. This facility is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is aimed at improving food security and economic development in 26 partner countries by using satellite data and geo-information.

GAP4A Project in Burundi

Good Agricultural Practices for All (Bonnes Pratiques Agricultures Pour Tous) uses the application AgriCoach to provide 100,000 smallholder farmers in the Burundian provinces of Gitega, Kayanza and Karusi with information on:

  • WHAT crop to plant (Crop Selector)
  • WHEN to plant and implement crop management practices throughout the season (Activity timer)
  • And HOW to do this for optimal results (Best Practices database)

The solutions will be developed and implemented from 2018 to 2020 by a consortium of dedicated partners consisting of AUXFIN international, Waterwatch Projects, AUXFIN Burundi, Réseau Burundi 2000+, eLEAF, Weather Impact and Nextview. The combination of strong local knowledge and presence with expertise on geodata, weather, and business development provides a unique opportunity to develop services that really matter for smallholder farmers in Burundi.

Waterwatch is excited and committed to develop these services for the farmers improving their yield, income and farm in a sustainable way. Harry Derksen, the director of Waterwatch, explained “It is a great opportunity to make a difference in one of the poorest countries in the world, building on the strong network of AUXFIN!”.