VIRTUAL EVENT: First African Conference on Precision Agriculture (AFCPA)

VIRTUAL EVENT: First African Conference on Precision Agriculture (AFCPA)

8-10 December 2020. Experts from universities, agricultural research institutes, international research centres and the private sector across Africa have converged on Ibadan to discuss the current state and future of precision agriculture in the continent. The three-day event, was tagged “First African Conference on Precision Agriculture (AFCPA)”.

The programme was organised by African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI), Morocco, in collaboration with International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA), USA and Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan, in collaboration with 14 institutions from 14 countries in Africa, including Morocco, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Extracts of the program:

  1. Keynote 1 – Precision Agriculture for Smallholders : Imperatives for Africa’s Agriculture – Yemi Akinbamijo – Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
  2. Keynote 2 – Satellite Earth Observations and Machine Learning for Agricultural Monitoring in Sub-Saharan Africa – Catherine Nakalembe – University of Maryland
  3. Keynote 3 – Setting the Record Straight on Precision Agriculture Adoption – James Lowenberg-DeBoer – Harper Adams University

  4. Keynote 4 – Precision fertilizer management for soil fertility improvement in Sub-Sahara Africa –Andre Bationo – Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement Program (SAPEP)
  5. Keynote 5 – Fatiha Charradi, Vice President of Farming Development, OCP Group
  6. Keynote 6 – Claire Rhodes, CEO, Producers Direct
  7. Keynote 7 – Beatrice Gakuba, Executive Director, AWAN-AFRIKA

On-Demand Content

The following presentations were selected for oral presentation at the conference. With the shift to an online program for the main site, these speakers were asked to record their presentations 
ADOPTION OF PRECISION AGRICULTURE 
  • Development of Lodging Direction Determination System Using Image Processing – Yuta Arai
  • Description + Watch Video 
APPLICATIONS FOR UAVS 
  • Cashew Trees Detection and Yield Analysis using UAV-based Map – Thierry Roger Bayala 
  • Description + Watch Video 
DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS 
  • Excellence in Agronomy 2030: A new CGIAR-wide initiative to deliver agronomy solutions at scale – Bernard Vanlauwe 
  • Description + Watch Video 
PRECISION AGRICULTURE FOR FIELD AND PLANTATION CROPS 
  • Development of Canopy Mapping System of Asian pears (Pyrus pyrifolia Naka) Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning – Jaehwan Lee 
  • Description + Watch Video 
PRECISION AGRICULTURE FOR SMALL HOLDERS 

  • Mechanisation of Smallholders in Zambia by Agrodealer Development – Sven Peets 
  • Description + Watch Video 
PRECISION NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT 
  • Implementation of Proximal Soil Sensing, Data Fusion and Machine Learning to Improve Phosphorus Management at a Field Scale – Abdelkrim Lachgar 
  • Description + Watch Video
  • Nutrient Management Tailored to Smallholder Agriculture Enhances Productivity and Sustainability – Pauline Chivenge 
  • Description + Watch Video 
PRECISION WATER MANAGEMENT 

  • A Precision Irrigation App for Smart Water Management by Farmers – Aziz Abouabdillah 
  • Description + Watch Video
  • Monitoring Irrigation Water Use at Large Scale Irrigated Areas Using Remote Sensing in Water Scarce Environment – Mohamed Hakim Kharrou 
  • Description + Watch Video 
PROXIMAL AND REMOTE SENSING 
  • Estimating Soil Organic Carbon from Cell Phone Images – Asim Biswas 
    Description + Watch Video
  • Estimating Greensnap Yield Damage with Canopy Reflectance: a Case Study – Gabriel Dias Paiao 
    Description + Watch Video
  • Spectral Assessment of Chickpea Morpho-Physiological Traits from Space, Air and Ground – Ittai Herrmann 
  • Description + Watch Video 
ROBOTICS, AUTOMATION, AND SMALL FARM MECHANIZATION 

  • A Review on Sensor Based Robotics Agriculture: Improving Traditional Agriculture Practices – Sachin C Karad 
  • Description + Watch Video
  • LiDAR-based soybean crop segmentation for autonomous navigation – Vitor A Higuti 
  • Description + Watch Video
  • Market Acceptance and Willingness to Pay for Drone Technology in the Application of Pesticide for the Control of Fall Armyworm – Selorm Omega 
  • Description + Watch Video 
SATELLITE IMAGERY 
  • Monitoring Corn (Zea mays) Yield using Sentinel-2 and Machine Learning for Precision Agriculture Applications – Ahmed Kayad 
  • Description + Watch Video

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