WaPOR, remote sensing for water productivity



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The WaPOR team participated to the the Nile Basin Development Forum, a high-level regional event convened every three years by the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in collaboration with its Member States and in partnership with development partners. 

Ms Livia Peiser, Technical Officer fo...


In an three-day event from March 19th to 21st, 2023, the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education held a dynamic face-to-face training workshop on WaPOR Data Validation in Khartoum, Sudan. This anticipated training marked the second installment following the highly introductory training on WaPO...

The Agricultural Research Corporation and ICARDA (International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas) organized a field day on March 4th, 2023 at the Alkumur area in the Gezira...
On Friday 16/12/2022, the closing event for the 1st online WaPOR hackathon organized by WaPOR partner, IHE Delft, took place virtually and was livestreamed on youtube (you can watch it in...


About Sudan

The Republic of Sudan is a country in northeast Africa. With a population of 45.70 million people (as of 2022) and an area of 1,886,068 square kilometres, it is the third largest country in Africa by area. Sudan has 210 million hectares of arable land, of which only 25% is used. According to the World Bank, agriculture generates 35-40% of GDP and employs 70-80% of the rural labour force.

Sudan is half desert, and much of the population suffers from a lack of clean drinking water as well as a reliable source of water for agriculture. With the Nile in the east of the country, parts of Sudan do have considerable water resources, but people in the west rely on wadis, seasonal wells, which often dry up.

Low soil and water productivity is one of the biggest challenges due to erratic climatic conditions, degraded soils, inadequate and poor technologies and lack of knowledge. Improving irrigation and agriculture, including crop production, livestock, fisheries and forestry, is therefore crucial for poverty reduction.

Project milestones:
June 2021: start of WaPOR phase 2 project in Sudan.
9 September 2021: project inception workshop
13 - 14 September 2022: introduction training and stakeholder meeting
19 - 21 March 2023: WaPOR data validation training

Pilot areas:

The Gezira Scheme was selected as the pilot area for the project. The scheme is located in the triangular plains between the Blue Nile and the White Nile south of Khartoum, where the two rivers meet. It extends southwards near the towns of Sennar on the Blue Nile and Kosti on the White Nile, about 400 kilometres from Khartoum. The Gezira system is currently one of the largest irrigation systems in the world under a single management. It covers an area of about 2.2 million feddans (about 900,000 hectares) with about 130,000 tenants.

WaPOR partnerships in Sudan
The WaPOR project in Sudan has established a working collaboration with key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources, Ministry of Production and Economic Resources, Hydraulic Research Centre (HRC), Agricultural Research Corporation, Gezira Irrigation Scheme, Sudan Meteorological Authority, Supreme Council for Environment and Natural Resources and Water Research Centre and the University of Khartoum.
HRC is the main national project partner and will be responsible for implementing crop mapping in Qadarif State, as well as capacity building for crop mapping and the creation of a geodatabase for the Gezira Scheme.

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