How can Earth Observation support agriculture development in rural areas? EO4SD - Agriculture and Rural Development cluster

Anna Burzykowska, Almudena Velasco, Annemarie Klaase, Silvia Huber, Paul Geerders, Remco Dost, Arjen Vrielink, Eva Haas, Rolf A. de By, Evelyn Aparicio

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Abstract

Long-term environmental and land degradation
processes represent a major development barrier in many developing countries, especially in rural areas.
Concrete evidence on the extent, severity and underlying drivers are not fully understood. This makes it difficult to identify policies and investments that will effectively
halt and reverse land degradation such as desertification.
However, many of the contributing biophysical factors such as climate, physiology and soil erodibility, as well as anthropogenic causes such as unsustainable land management
related to population pressure, could be monitored using Earth Observation (EO). EO is particularly suited to observe extreme weather conditions, climate variability, deforestation, land use changes, and unsustainable farm management practices such as inappropriate irrigation, cultivation, resource management, and overgrazing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Better World, Volume 4
Subtitle of host publicationActions and commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals
PublisherTudor Rose
Pages18-23
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9956487-5-3
ISBN (Print)978-0-9956487-5-3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

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    Burzykowska, A., Velasco, A., Klaase, A., Huber, S., Geerders, P., Dost, R., ... Aparicio, E. (2018). How can Earth Observation support agriculture development in rural areas? EO4SD - Agriculture and Rural Development cluster. In A Better World, Volume 4: Actions and commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (pp. 18-23). Tudor Rose.