A Steering Committee for DE Africa was formed in 2018 and has broad representation including; Kenya Office of the Deputy President, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research South Africa, Group on Earth Observations, Ghana Statistical Service, South African National Space Agency, Geoscience Australia, World Economic Forum, Committee on Earth Observations Satellites, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and the UN Economic Commission for Africa. With the support of funding from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the Steering Committee developed this study to determine the viability of a scalable, economically and technically sustainable model in Africa, for Africa.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

“This technology will help us understand month by month how our land is being used so that we can target interventions aimed at improving our actions against climate change, help smallholder farmers, and secure sustainable food and water for our citizens. Over half of our labor force is made up of agricultural labor. This innovation has the potential to boost our economy, help enhance agricultural production and our efforts to tackle malnutrition in Ghana.”

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia,
Vice President of Ghana
H.E. William Ruto,

“This technology will help us understand month by month how our land is being used so that we can target interventions aimed at improving our actions against climate change, help smallholder farmers, and secure sustainable food and water for our citizens.”

H.E. William Ruto,
Deputy President of Kenya
Eugene Owusu,

“In the absense of data, it becomes difficult for us to effectively plan. The government has made a deliberate decision to leverage innovation and ICT to make data more available for better planning.”

Eugene Owusu,
Special Advisor to the President of Ghana
Ambassador Ken Nyauncho Osinde,

“With the launch of the Africa Regional Data Cube, we will begin to make the benefits of the data revolution more real and tangible to data communities who have often been left behind. This is a big step towards who we want to be in 2030.”

Ambassador Ken Nyauncho Osinde,
Kenya