DATA FOR DEVELOPMENT
YEAR STARTED: 2017
Food security and seasonal migration monitoring in Uganda
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), more than 85% of Uganda’s total population live in rural areas and depend mainly on agriculture for their livelihood. Moreover, the World Food Program (WFP) estimates that about 20% of people in Uganda live below the poverty line, while half of all Ugandans consume fewer calories than they need every day.
With a fast-growing population of 39 million in 2018 that is expected to reach 100 million by 2050 (WFP – 2018), Uganda needs to maintain a strong agricultural sector to reach the first two SDGs of No Poverty and Zero Hunger. Providing objective, precise, and scalable insights about the production of important crops in the most food insecure part of the country is critical to designing crisis response and interventions to achieve the SDGs.
However, Uganda lacked an approach and tools, such as a crop yield model and identifying internal seasonal migration flows in and out of an area, to proactively identify shortages in food. This information could give an estimate of food required and a comparison with available food resources to key stakeholders for timely actions.
Insights from the dashboard have helped food security experts in Uganda identify bottlenecks in the production of crops, which allowed for better prioritization of interventions.
There has been interest from other countries like Burkina Faso to replicate the platform to estimate crop yield for other crops.
The project relied on open source satellite data as well as open source software to process satellite and telecom data. This provides ample opportunity to replicate and scale the solution to other geographies, regions, and sectors.
DIAL convened a diverse range of stakeholders, including donors, multilaterals, NGOs, and the government, to undertake the Uganda data demonstration model.