A key element of the Third Call of The Geodata for Agriculture and Water facility (G4AW) is the availability of open and free satellite data to allow for service provision for agricultural purposes (e.g. weather forecasts, agro-advisory services, financial/insurance products).
Agriculture is the world's largest employer and the largest industry. If the world is to grow enough food for the projected population of 9 billion people in 2050, agricultural production and productivity will have to increase considerably. Innovative approaches are needed to deliver affordable, relevant and accessible information to smallholder farmers and pastoralists to increase income, agricultural production and productivity and to increase resilience.
The availability of open and free satellite data, a public good, allows for service provision for agricultural purposes (e.g. weather forecasts, agro-advisory services, financial/insurance products). The Geodata for Agriculture and Water Facility (G4AW) promotes and supports private investments for large scale, demand-driven and satellite-based information services. G4AW Facility provides a platform for partnerships of public organizations, research institutes, private sector operators, NGOs, farmer cooperatives, satellite data/service operators, businesses and transmission operators.
The goal of the G4AW Facility is to reach at least 4.5 million smallholder food producers. A business model and financial planning allows for financially sustainable service provision.
On 17 February (09:00-17:30), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Netherlands Space Office invites participants to an information meeting on "G4AW Towards More Impact". The event will take place at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.