Satellite-derived data to inform and improve agricultural production
The Angkor Salad project is funded by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and is focused on incorporating satellite-derived data to inform and improve agricultural production in selected developing countries. The overall aim of Angkor Salad is to reduce inputs, specifically water, while increasing productivity of vegetable production by approximately 20%. This is to be achieved through a commercial partnership with a leading input supply company in Cambodia, Angkor Green.
A client management and decision support tool is to be developed combining best practice vegetable production advice with near real-time information on soil moisture. It is envisioned that this tool will be commercially viable through the incorporation of package expenses into products bought by farmers or through a direct subscription model.
The World Vegetable Center’s role is to develop best practices within the guidelines of CamGap (the Cambodian version of Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) for horticulture) for a small selection of vegetables in the first phase and use that knowledge to scale out to a full set of vegetables important to Cambodian vegetable production over the full three years.
The initial design will be based on determining crop stages and providing specific advice for crop management, irrigation needs and fertilizer management for that stage. Irrigation schedules, for example, can be determined based on crop type, stage of the crop, soil characteristics such as soil moisture capacity, crop transpiration estimates, evaporation estimates, and weather forecasts from existing local weather forecast providers.
World Vegetable Center
General Directorate of Agriculture
Nelen & Schuurmans
Start date: 1 May 2018
End date: 30 April 2021