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West Africa: Feeding the Future through education in Niger, How a USAID Partner is planting seeds of success with girls poised to become scientists

West Africa: Feeding the Future through education in Niger, How a USAID Partner is planting seeds of success with girls poised to become scientists

SUCCESS STORY, By Assiya Chekaraou and Mainassara Abdoul Aziz/ SERVIR West Africa, USAID IP and Bettina Boateng/ USAID WA It’s not unusual to see stretches of dry land in Niger, West Africa. The Saharan terrain is often baked by the scorching sun, however for 18-year-old Rimana Issoufou Hassane Mayak, the climate that she has known all her life is changing. And, almost every day, as she makes her way to school, she notices something different. “In my country, the climate has changed considerably in recent years. During some months it is extremely hot, and then extremely cold during others. Also, ...
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Workshop for the elaboration of the Theory of Change and Service Design Document "Development of a model for the scaling up of Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) in the Sahel: the case of Niger".

Workshop for the elaboration of the Theory of Change and Service Design Document “Development of a model for the scaling up of Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) in the Sahel: the case of Niger”.

The opening ceremony of this workshop took place on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. It was chaired by Dr. Bado Vaincint, Researcher at ICRISAT in the presence of Mr. Marc Dawson, Coordinator of the SERVIR West Africa Program (SERVIR AO). A total of 27 participants came from government institutions, projects and programs, farmers’ associations, NGOs and research institutions. The main objective of the workshop is to set up a community of practice made up of key actors, develop the theory of change and a first draft of the service conceptualization document. Specifically, it will be about : – Recall the community ...
Workshop on Mapping Water Sector Stakeholders: The Case of Groundwater in Niger

Workshop on Mapping Water Sector Stakeholders: The Case of Groundwater in Niger

The opening ceremony of this workshop took place on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. It was chaired by Prof. Sanoussi Atta, Acting Director General of the Regional Center AGRHYMET (CRA) surrounded by Mr. Marc Dawson, Co-Chief of the program SERVIR West Africa (SERVIR AO) and Mr. Alhousseini Issaka, representative of the program Terres-Eau-Vie (TEV). This workshop brought together a total of 30 participants from the national directorates in charge of water, NGOs, universities, sub-regional institutions and farmers’ organizations. The main objective of the workshop is the identification and analysis of stakeholders by setting up a community of practice and the development ...
ONLINE TRAINING ON MACHINE LEARNING AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, 3rd – 5th November, 2020

ONLINE TRAINING ON MACHINE LEARNING AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, 3rd – 5th November, 2020

The training started with a brief opening ceremony. The Executive Director of AFRIGIST, Dr. A.O. Akingbade, represented by the Deputy Executive Director of AFRIGIST gave the opening remark. He emphasized the importance of the training while urging participants to be active so as to attain useful knowledge. The Chief of Party (COP) SERVIR WA, Mr. Marc Dawson appreciated the turnout for the training. He noted that the training was important to the future of SERVIR WA, citing that the next phase of SERVIR WA activities will see an upscaling of activities from local communities to national and regional levels where ...
Online training on SERVIR Service Planning

Online training on SERVIR Service Planning

Online Training on SERVIR Service Planning from 17 to 19 August 2020, in collaboration with AFRIGIST. More than 50 participants from partner institutions follow this training. Service planning approach is a key aspect of service development and delivery in SERVIR areas of interest: Agriculture, Water Resources Management, landuse/cover and Disaster management. The approach focuses on users engagement and identification of specific needs of critical stakeholders during the development of services. In this way, services are specifically tailored to meet identified user needs and development goals. This training will help consortium members understand the service planning approach and theory of change ...
SERVIR West Africa club members trained in digital cartography

SERVIR West Africa club members trained in digital cartography

The opening ceremony of this workshop took place on Wednesday 08 July 2020. It was chaired by Mr. Ibrahim Guimba Saidou, Minister Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of Niger and Director General of the National Agency for the Information Society (ANSI), surrounded by Mr. Mamane Bako, Co-Coordinator of the SERVIR West Africa Programme (SERVIR AO) and Mrs. Issoufou Mariama, Honorary President of the Women, Science and Technology Network of Niger and Coordinator of the Kimiyar Yan Mata project. A total of 37 members of the SERVIR club, composed of students and supervisors from Mariama middle school, Kouara ...
ONLINE TRAINING ON WEB MAPPING TECHNOLOGY AND GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION DISSEMINATION 17th – 19th June, 2020

ONLINE TRAINING ON WEB MAPPING TECHNOLOGY AND GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION DISSEMINATION 17th – 19th June, 2020

The training commenced on 17th June with a brief opening ceremony attended by the participants, the training facilitators and the SERVIR Coordination Unit. The Executive Director of AFRIGIST, Dr. A.O. Akingbade who was represented by the Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Abdoulaye Belem noted the importance of the training for geospatial information dissemination. He hoped the training will be fruitful and that participants will acquire knowledge that will improve the information dissemination capacities of the individual countries and the region in general. Mr. Marc Dawson thanked AFRIGIST for putting together the training and the participants for giving their time to learn ...
ONLINE TRAINING ON Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) 27th – 29th April, 2020

ONLINE TRAINING ON Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) 27th – 29th April, 2020

Participants were welcomed to the training during a brief virtual opening ceremony. At the opening, participants were welcomed by the Deputy Executive Direction of AFRIGITS, who represented the Executive Director, Dr. A. O. Akingbade. He charged the participants on the need for the training especially as it helps SERVIR WA achieve its objectives and enhance livelihood in WA region. The SERVIR WA Chief of Party, Mr. Marc Dawson, also noted that the training provides an important opportunity for participants to learn skills that are of great value to the objectives of SERVIR WA. He wished all participants a good time ...
ONLINE TRAINING ON ADVANCED LEVEL IN QGIS 25th – 27th May, 2020

ONLINE TRAINING ON ADVANCED LEVEL IN QGIS 25th – 27th May, 2020

The training program started with a brief virtual opening ceremony attended by the SCU, AFRIGIST and all participants. Mr. Marc Dawson welcomed participants to the training. He explained that the training was important to enabling hub member carryout geospatial analysis using customizations to meet each SERVIR WA project needs. The Executive Director of AFRIGIST, Dr. A.O. Akingbade, who was represented by the Deputy Executive Director opened the training while urging participants to acquire skills that will aid them in executing their consortium’s goals. Download rapport ...
ONLINE TRAINING ON INTERMEDIATE LEVEL IN QGIS 18th – 20th May, 2020

ONLINE TRAINING ON INTERMEDIATE LEVEL IN QGIS 18th – 20th May, 2020

A brief virtual opening ceremony was done to start the training. Participants were welcomed to the online training by the Deputy Executive Director of AFRIGIST, who represented the Executive Director, Dr. A.O. Akingbade. He welcomed the participants and encouraged them to be active at this training as QGIS is an important open sourced tool for Geospatial based activities. He emphasized that the training was necessary to help consortium members in achieving the goals of SERVIR WA. Mr. Marc Dawson also pointed out the importance of the training in terms of enhancing the skills of participants towards meeting their respective consortium ...
ONLINE TRAINING ON GEPHI (Social Network Visualization and mapping tool) 30th – 31st March, 2020

ONLINE TRAINING ON GEPHI (Social Network Visualization and mapping tool) 30th – 31st March, 2020

Participants were welcomed to the training on GEPHI during a brief virtual opening ceremony. At the opening, participants were charged on the importance of the training by Marc Dawson (Chief of Party, SERVIR WA) who noted that because of the current situation with COVID-19, it is likely that this will be the new training platform for the near future. The Deputy Executive Direction of AFRIGITS, who represented the Executive Director also welcomed all participants and wished them well as we all face the new reality of Virtual training. The traditional SERVIR WA family photograph could not be taken as participants ...
SERVIR West Africa Fact Sheet

SERVIR West Africa Fact Sheet

West Africa faces challenges related to high population growth, poverty, unsustainable land use practices, and ecosystem degradation, the need for improved governance, and climate variability and change. Beyond being a direct threat, climate change will exacerbate existing tensions in West Africa by impacting water availability, food security, disease prevalence, coastlines, and population distribution in the region. Without adaptive measures that increase local resiliency; physical, human, and financial losses are expected to be significant. Many of these challenges to West Africa can be addressed in part with geospatial information. Timely geospatial data can provide new insights to facilitate solutions to the ...
Reducing illegal gold mining in the tropical forests of Ghana and Peru: A forthcoming collaboration across the Atlantic

Reducing illegal gold mining in the tropical forests of Ghana and Peru: A forthcoming collaboration across the Atlantic

At the recent global knowledge exchange of SERVIR, Sydney Novoa, Project Manager for SERVIR-Amazonia at Conservación Amazónica (ACCA) Peru, and Foster Mensah, Executive Director at the Center for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERSGIS) in Ghana working with SERVIR-West Africa, exchanged ideas and experiences on services for illegal mining detection. This article describes the user-driven services in Peru and Ghana for mining detection and a forthcoming collaboration crossing the Atlantic to enhance the technical components of the service to drive additional impact: a reduction in illegal gold mining activities in tropical forests. Ecosystems under threat In both countries, tropical forests are important biodiversity hotspots ...
Servir WA Cloud Computing & Big Data Forum, Africa  Geospatial Data & Internet Conference, Accra 22-24 october 2019

Servir WA Cloud Computing & Big Data Forum, Africa Geospatial Data & Internet Conference, Accra 22-24 october 2019

The SERVIR program was established to enable the use of earth observation for decision-making in several regions around the globe. The program if funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) with science and technical support from the National Aeronautics and Space Agency(NASA). The SERVIR West Africa hub was established in 2016 and covers the ECOWAS/CILSS with four focal countries; Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger and Senegal where geospatial services are being designed and deployed by SERVIR West Africa’s five consortium members. SERVIR West Africa is a co-organizer of the Africa Geospatial Data and Internet Conference 2019 to be held ...
Report on West Africa Land Use and Land Cover Conference Released

Report on West Africa Land Use and Land Cover Conference Released

February 27, 2019
Visualization of the connections between institutions/organizations producing LULC products The report on the West Africa Land Classification and Methodologies Conference has been released. Rapid rates of landscape degradation driven by climate change, rapid population growth, and inadequate development planning have decreased the resilience of West African populations. Decision makers at all levels require information on land use and land cover (LULC) dynamics to arrive at effective decisions, whether in the context of international agreements, national and subnational policies, or simply for household livelihoods and activities. Multiple classification schemas are applied throughout West Africa for a variety of needs, and at ...
Google Earth Engine Train-the-Trainers for Staff of AfriGIST

Google Earth Engine Train-the-Trainers for Staff of AfriGIST

April 8, 2019
Hands-on exercise session at the training with resource persons assisting participants The Google Earth Engine (GEE) Train-The-Trainers training was held at AFRIGIST, Ile-Ife, Nigeria from 8-11 April 2019. The training was held to prepare AFRIGIST Staff for the task of training other SERVIR Hub members on the use of GEE for application and service development. The training was facilitated by Mr Bako Mamane (AGRHYMET, Niger) and Ms Abena Asare-Ansah (CERSGIS, Ghana), and Rebekke Muench (NASA SCO, USA). A total of 10 Academic Staff members of AFRIGIST participated in the training. The 4-day training was a mix of theoretical and hands-on ...
Locust monitoring (by AGRHYMET - Regional: Timely identification of areas at risk of desert locust swarming in the western region: P-Locust

Locust monitoring (by AGRHYMET – Regional: Timely identification of areas at risk of desert locust swarming in the western region: P-Locust

15 June, 2019
SERVIR WA, with the community of practice in North and West Africa as defined by the Western Region Commission for Desert Locust Control (CLCPRO) of FAO, along with regional and international institutions envisage the development and operationalization of a service to monitor Desert Locust population development in their breeding areas and to thus contribute to strengthen locust control efforts in affected countries. This service adds spatial and temporal precision to the RAMSES platform which is used by FAO as a database to monitor and report on the desert locust. In effect, P-Locust will be the front end of the RAMSES ...
Teacher training workshop on experimental research protocols, with a focus on soil-less crops, Niamey, Niger from May 2-4, 2019

Teacher training workshop on experimental research protocols, with a focus on soil-less crops, Niamey, Niger from May 2-4, 2019

The opening ceremony for the training took place on Thursday, May 2, 2019. It was chaired by Henri Songoti, acting Director General of the AGRHYMET Regional Center, in the company of Mr. Marc Dawson, Coordinator of the SERVIR West Africa Program (SERVIR AO) and Ms. Issoufou Mariama, Honorary President of the Niger Women Science and Technology Network (RFST). Among the 66 participants were education inspectors, SVT teachers, focal points from the RFST, and students from the regions of Dosso, Niamey, and Tahoua. Goals of the training: To strengthen the capacity of teachers to implement experimental protocols on crop production without ...
Dr. Aminata Diarra, Program Manager of SERVIR West Africa, visits

Dr. Aminata Diarra, Program Manager of SERVIR West Africa, visits

On April 25 and 26, 2019, SERVIR West Africa’s incoming program officer Dr. Aminata Diarra visited the AGRHYMET Regional Center (ARC) on an outreach mission. She took advantage of her time at the center to meet with the Program Coordination Unit (CPU) of SERVIR AO, where the following was addressed: An overview of services currently under development including: managing groundwater in Niger, planning community development in Burkina Faso, monitoring surface water bodies in the FERLO region, monitoring locusts in the Western region A briefing on work in Ghana, which will be undertaken by a member of the CERSGIS consortium in ...
Release of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Handbook to empower the monitoring and protection of forests worldwide

Release of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Handbook to empower the monitoring and protection of forests worldwide

February 1, 2019
SERVIR is pleased to announce the release of the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Handbook: Comprehensive Methodologies for Forest Monitoring and Biomass Estimation. This Handbook contains a collection of state-of-the-art methods and theoretical background to facilitate the use of  SAR data for forest monitoring and biomass estimation. The SAR Handbook is a “living” document, freely-available online as an e-Book hosted on the SERVIR Global website. Each chapter is authored by a world-renowned SAR expert, and has gone through extensive reviews and testing by the SERVIR Global network.  The development of this Handbook and associated training  materials are the result of years ...
Why space is the next frontier in the fight for Niger's water

Why space is the next frontier in the fight for Niger’s water

December 3, 2018
Even with billions of dollars of international aid spent over the last 40 years, climate challenges continue to undermine Nigeriens’ progress toward food security. And with the highest birth rate in the world, demand for food is only increasing. Given these daunting trends, it was time for a new idea that could help address one of the primary root causes of food insecurity: a lack of a sustainable access to water. Our strategy? NASA satellites. The path from Niger’s fields to the cosmos began underground. Mercy Corps’ Niger team realized that decision-makers in the country lacked critical information about groundwater ...
From Satellite to Village, Turning Data into Action

From Satellite to Village, Turning Data into Action

26 November, 2018
Since 2005, an ambitious collaboration between NASA and USAID has been quietly but steadily building the capacity of scientific organizations, government officials, emergency responders, and communities across the developing world to better handle environmental challenges and more effectively pursue resilient development. Known as SERVIR — which means “to serve” in several languages — it seeks to deliver near-real-time environmental data from Earth-orbiting satellites to data-scarce communities and scientists, and translate that data into tools, products, and services that can inform local decision-making on everything from land use and food production to water management and disaster risk reduction. SERVIR’s overarching goal ...
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