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MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY, MALAWI. Presentation at AMESD SADC Thema Final Workshop Gaborone, Botswana. AMESD IN MALAWI AGRICULTURE SERVICE. LRCD is one of the Departments in MoAFS

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presentation at amesd sadc thema final workshop gaborone botswana

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY, MALAWI

Presentation at AMESD SADC Thema Final Workshop

Gaborone, Botswana

AMESD IN MALAWIAGRICULTURE SERVICE

introduction

LRCD is one of the Departments in MoAFS

  • It is responsible for promotion of programmes that ensure proper management of land based natural resources for improved agricultural production and other uses.
  • VISION:
    • ‘a nation with reduced land degradation’
Introduction
introduction1

MISSION:

    • To provide efficient and diversified services on environmental conservation to the land users for sustainable use of land based resources and socio-economic development
    • POLICY GOAL:
      • Promote efficient and diversified and sustainable use of land based resources for both agriculture and other uses in order to avoid sectoral land use conflicts and ensure sustainable socio-economic growth and development
Introduction…
functions

Departmental core functions

Development of policies and strategies relating to land resources management;

Planning and coordination of programmes on land resource management;

Provision of land resources information services;

Monitoring and evaluating land use/cover changes;

Provision of training in land resources management, and

Provision of technical support in land resource management.

Functions
operations before amesd

Traditionally the department could only source remote sensing data from hard copy aerial photos and satellites images in hard copy which were generally outdated.

Operations Before AMESD
type of amesd service used as well as the products

Agriculture service is being used for monitoring the state of crops and the environment.

    • Basically for prediction of onset of rainfall.
    • Vegetation index maps and graphs.
    • Use of near real time remote sensing products
    • Rainfall maps and graphs.
Type of AMESD service used as well as the products
use of amesd products and services

Not much has been done on policy level, but the department provided data on NDVI to Bunda College of Agriculture and Total Land Care (NGO) (upon request).

The data from the station was used in the Malawi Climate Change Program especially on land Use and Land Cover diagnostics. The data on Land Cover and NDVI helped out in determination of Land Cover Classification for Malawi for 2010 and also on Land cover change analysis for 2000 and 2010. (combination of SPOT and Landsat satellite images).

USE OF AMESD products and services
use of amesd products and services1

The data received from this Station was used in Global Monitoring Food Security (GMFS) project currently underway in the Ministry of Agriculture.

Not much done on the ground, since the system has been down for most part of the time.

USE OF AMESD products and services
training workshop

4 officers participated in the Distance Learning Course in GIS/Remote Sensing which was facilitated by ITC;

1 IT officer attended training for Systems Administrator in Pretoria;

2 Officers attended 1st and 2nd Regional trainings in Pretoria, South Africa;

Conducted 1 briefing workshop for policy makers (26 policy makers attended);

Conducted two national trainings with a total of 14 and 15 participants for the first and second trainings ,respectively;

TRAINING/WORKSHOP
training workshop1
TRAINING/WORKSHOP…..

Participants to workshop for policy makers

training workshop2
TRAINING/WORKSHOP…..

Participants to National Training #1

training workshop3
TRAINING/WORKSHOP

Participants to NT2

challenges

Unoperational status of the e-Station due to technical failure due to the absence of the Systems Administrator;

Lack of faster internet to enable the users download the products from EMMA web;

Frequent power outages affecting continuous data reception;

Challenges
way forward

There is need to train more than one Systems Administrator;

If possible, MESA should assist in installation of a faster internet to enable users download products direct from the website if the e-Station is down;

Alternative sources of power (e.g. solar power) need to be explored so as not miss any data; and

In MESA, consider using higher resolution imagaes so that analysis can be done even for smaller areas.

Way Forward
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End of Presentation

Thank you for your Attention