EARTH-i Ltd, a United Kingdom-based space firm, has announced the launching of the over KES381 million-worth ACCORD project to help Kenyan coffee farmers improve crop quality and yield.
The ACCORD Project aims to deliver timely, geo-targeted advice via a simple mobile application, using satellite Earth Observation technology to help smallholder coffee farmers improve their crop, which is the second most traded commodity globally.
As one of the ten new global projects announced by the UK Government today, as part of the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme, the ACCORD project will help smallholder farmers in Kenya achieve higher incomes for their work, improving the quality of life for their families.
Speaking about today’s launch, the UK Science Minister Sam Gyimah said:
“The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme will help developing countries tackle big issues like disaster relief and disease control, while showcasing the services and technology on offer from our leading space businesses.”