Geospatial information for sustainable food systems

Training Workshop on the Use of Geospatial Solutions for Agricultural Development in Banjul, The Gambia

The training workshop conducted in Banjul on January 16 and 17, 2024, was designed as an interactive platform to enhance the capacity of national stakeholders in employing geospatial solutions for agricultural development. It centered around the methodologies and standards promoted by the FAO, specifically tailored for the Resilience of Organizations for Transformative Smallholder Agriculture (ROOTS) project, initiated by the Government of The Gambia and co-financed by IFAD.

During the workshop, participants utilized SEPAL, Google Earth Engine, and Collect Earth Online to craft a detailed Land Cover Map of The Gambia for the year 2023. This comprehensive exercise took them through the entire process, starting from basics to generating their own maps, collecting, and interpreting training data, and conducting an accuracy analysis to assess the quality of the created maps. The study material was provided well ahead of the workshop to let them familiarize with it. Participants had access to downloadable notes and a series of exercises designed to reinforce learning through hands-on practice, ultimately guiding them in producing a Land Cover map with the provided data and tools.